PORTLAND, Ore. – Blazers guard Wesley Matthews deviated from his normal celebration after knocking down one of his four early 3s in Game 3.
Matthews didn’t go with the 3 goggles that have become a Blazers fad this season. He busted out the wings instead, a not-so-subtle shot at Jason Terry.
“He has a lot of antics that he uses,” Terry said. “It’s just how he plays. He feeds off the crowd.”
Terry certainly noticed Matthews mocking him. However, the man known as Jet said it didn’t bother him.
“Nah, it’s never personal,” Terry said. “If anything, it’ll fire me up. But this is the playoffs. If I look at a guy and he’s got on the wrong color shoes, I get fired up.”
Terry responded with his highest-scoring playoff performance in five years. He finished with 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
Not once was Terry tempted to bust out the goggles as an answer to Matthews’ taunt. Nor will he ever.
“Never. Never,” Terry said, cracking a smile. “That’s not my mantra. I’m a wing guy.”