DALLAS -- Theorically speaking, the Dallas Mavericks replaced Jason Terry last summer with OJ Mayo. But realistically speaking, coach Rick Carlisle knows there's no substitute for what Terry gave the Mavs over the last eight seasons.
"You can’t just replace his kind of experience over an eight-year period,'' Carlisle said. "I think one of the really distinguishing characteristics of Jet’s impact is he came from Atlanta where they were not a winning team.
"(The Hawks were) a younger team that was trying to build the club up, and he came here and he became known as a winner. To turn that perception around in a relatively short period of
time. . .he’s one of the best fourth-quarter scorers in the league over a long period.''
Closing games was Terry's forte when he was with the Mavs, who have lacked in that precious area this season.
"That’s an element that is important on any club,'' Carlisle said. "We’ve been able to close games this year certainly in a lot of instances, but there's been times when you miss that kind of experience.''
-- Dwain Price
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