“We already know that management told us they're playing for next year,” Terry said Thursday night, “but everybody in this locker room is trying to win this year and see what happens."
Coach Rick Carlisle basically responded with a shrug, saying that he agrees that the team is playing for this season.
“I’m not going to get caught up in some statements made in the heat of the moment or whatever,” Carlisle said. “We know where things are at. We’ve got to play, we’ve got to play well. We aspire to be not only a playoff team, but a playoff team that’s dangerous and can challenge for a title. I believe we can get there, but it’s work.”
Owner Mark Cuban, who is on a family vacation, didn’t reply to a Friday morning email asking for his reaction to Terry’s comment.
As far as Carlisle is concerned, the Mavs’ motormouth sixth man is putting in the necessary work. Terry has averaged 21 points on 48.5 percent shooting in the Mavs’ two wins this week.
“I love Jet’s approach right now,” Carlisle said. “The last two games he’s been terrific. He’s been great all week with practices and everything else. He’s one guy I’m not concerned about being ready to play.
“I feel like he’s going to be ready every night. I don’t get into the amateur psychologist side of reading into statements made after games.”
The Mavs do have sports psychologist Don Kalkstein on staff. Maybe Jet needs to spend a few hours on Kalkstein’s couch, but his recent performances don’t indicate that Terry’s displeasure is a problem.