NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks – Lineup Preview and Analysis

By Lee Golden
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Apr 2, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry (31) guards Dallas Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Terry: 77 Games (18 started), 7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 42.2% FG, 81.3% FT, 39% 3PT

Rajon Rondo: 46 Games (with Dallas), 9.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.5 APG, 43.6% FG, 45.2% FT, 35.2% 3PT

The 16-year veteran Jason Terry says he’s ready to go to war with his former team.

“How ironic,” Terry said. “It’s a twist, but it’s something that I have always prepared myself for and I am ready for the task at hand and good thing we have a good group around me so I am ready.”

Terry can still knock down jumpers and that’s exactly what will be asked of him come Saturday. He’s always been a knock down shooter but just as his former teammate Dirk Nowitzki, he’s gotten older. A lot older. He can’t guard the younger point guards but since Patrick Beverley won’t be suiting for this series, he’ll be asked to try anyway.

This will be the ultimate bust if Dallas gets eliminated in the first round. Mainly because of their blockbuster trade to upgrade their floor general by landing Rajon Rondo. Rondo has been a mere spectator of the postseason for the past two years but now gets another chance with another group of All-Stars. He can still fill up each category in the stat sheet but everyone’s still curious to see if he’s a good fit in Dallas. This series will divulge that answer.

What To Expect

Both players are looking to prove something. Terry wants to extinguish his former Mavericks and Rondo


needs to improve his resume’ with a series win. Terry will be able to preserve some energy on the defensive side if Rondo hones his Boston Celtics glory days and look to pass first, score second. Terry doesn’t handle the ball much but as a starter, he has been exploiting his opportunity by putting the ball on the floor and getting to the paint from time to time. Both teams like to run so look for Rondo to get out in transition often. He’ll have plenty of options to pass to. And if you don’t remember how great Rondo is in the playoffs, here’s a reminder:

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