Jason Terry has a ritual of sleeping the night before games in the shorts of a player from the team he’s about to play against.
So on Monday night, he tucked himself in while wearing the shorts of Gary Payton, who was a member of the 2006 Miami team that beat the Mavericks in the NBA Finals.
Terry has shorts from every NBA team that he uses for his dream-time apparel. He got these particular shorts from Payton – aka The Glove because of his defensive abilities – after the ’06 series.
Terry made it clear, however, that he wasn’t thinking about 2006 by wearing shorts from that year’s Heat team.
“My focus is solely on Game 1. Anything in the past, anything that can happen in the future, really is irrelevant at this time,’’ Terry said.