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Jason Terry: Blazers' D better than Heat's

DALLAS – If you’re looking for somebody to praise the Miami Heat’s defensive performance, don’t go to the dude who has been shut down in the fourth quarter in both of the Mavericks’ losses this series.

Jason Terry isn’t that impressed. He doesn’t even think the Heat have the best defense the Mavs have faced this postseason.

“Portland, by far, has the best D,” Terry said.

Terry followed that up by saying that Miami has a “great scheme” that is “working for them thus far this series.” But he attributes the Mavs’ offensive issues more to self-inflicted mistakes than anything Miami has done.

Terry averaged 17.3 points on 48.8 percent shooting in the six-game series against Portland. He is averaging 14.3 points on 38.2 percent shooting in the Finals.

Dirk Nowitzki is among many to credit LeBron James’ defense for Terry’s struggles, especially late in games. Terry, however, doesn’t believe that’s a trend that will last.

“Let’s see if he can defend me like that for seven games,” Terry said.

If Terry doesn’t get going soon, this series won’t last seven games.