DALLAS _ It was a year ago today when Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer had an up close and personal meeting.
Terry was amazingly whistled for a foul on a play in which he received an elbow in the nose from Brewer. Blood was spewing from Terry's nose as he laid sprawled on his back on the floor.
Terry went to the locker room and was back in the game about three minutes later with cotton sticking from his left nostril. And he wound up scoring a game-high 26 points as the Mavs edged the T-Wolves, 112-109.
After an examination, it was revealed that Terry had to undergo facial surgery after he fractured his left orbital bone. The surgery, ironcially, occurred Mar. 5, which is Brewer's birthday.
The injury forced Terry to miss five games, and he wore a protective mask when he returned to the lineup.
Brewer, oddly enough, is in the process of finalizing a deal to sign with the Mavs today. Terry, meanwhile, said he's more than willing to let by-gones be gone.
"He didn’t do it intentionally,'' Terry said, "so it's all good.''
Someone asked Terry after Thursday's practice if he'll bring out the mask in practice.
"I don’t even joke about that, man, just because the last two years I’ve been injured at the end of the season,'' Terry said. "So I’m just trying to stay healthy this year, and hopefully everybody can stay healthy so we can get through it.''
-- Dwain Price