Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry may have written a check that his team simply could not cash.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) April 28, 2016
The 38-year-old guard guaranteed victory for the Houston Rockets in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors during an interview with ESPN.
“I’m guaranteeing it. If I don’t, then what? It’s a loss, right. I guarantee victory — that’s what it’s going to take. I believe in my group. I know we can get a win here and send this thing back to Houston.”
Heading into Wednesday’s game, the odds of victory and overall survival in the playoffs were definitely not in favor of the Houston Rockets. The team was already down 3-1 in the series against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Within the third quarter of Game 4, the Houston Rockets were outplayed and outperformed by 21 points.
Keep in mind that the Warriors’ 41-20 run did not start until after Stephen Curry injured his knee and could no longer play for the rest of the game.
— 94.1 The Beat (@941thebeat) April 28, 2016
Therefore, Jason Terry put himself on a relatively short list of people that felt sure about the Houston Rockets winning Game 5 — offering a guarantee that he more than likely regrets in hindsight.
Unfortunately for Jason, the Houston Rockets did not beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 Wednesday. Therefore, their postseason run came to an end after being eliminated by the Warriors during the first round of the playoffs.
On to the next one.
Warriors move to 6-0 at home vs. Rockets in the postseason. pic.twitter.com/SiraEE1txO
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 28, 2016
However, there are two key elements of the Warriors’ victory over the Rockets Wednesday that may have poured a little salt into the open wound of defeat: the final scoreboard and Jason Terry’s game stats.
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 114-81 — a spread of 33 points.
How many points did Jason Terry contribute to the Rockets’ final score? None. Terry’s scoreless performance during a game that he initially guaranteed to win quickly made him the target of a vast number of tweets and memes on Twitter.
Jason Terry : 0 points on 0-8 shooting, 0-5 from 3 & 5 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench pic.twitter.com/GivDNHH5Kj
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) April 28, 2016
Jason Terry guarantees win, loses by 30+ pic.twitter.com/iujHpY5Tyn
— Crying Jordan (@cryingjordan_23) April 28, 2016
Jason Terry is the Steve Harvey of NBA predictions.
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) April 28, 2016
In addition to Homer Simpson disappearing in hedges and an endless parade of crying Michael Jordan faces, perhaps one of the biggest burns came from the tweets that acknowledged Stephen Curry.
— InsideHoops.com NBA (@InsideHoops) April 28, 2016
Fans and critics posting memes and tweets on social media were apparently not the only ones that were laughing at the Jason Terry guarantee. According to Draymond Green, the Golden State Warriors themselves got a good laugh from Terry’s comments as well.
“My teammates and I laughed about it. I actually screenshot Jet’s guarantee quote and put it in the group chat. I said, ‘You see this mess?’ It wasn’t like we needed the bulletin board material. We were coming out here to close it out, anyway. Everybody was like, ‘Really? All right. Let’s get it. Let’s go.’ It was exciting, but the way we really closed this series out says a lot about this team.”
In addition to making his infamous guarantee claims, Jason Terry also commented on his plans to have another trophy tattooed on his leg to symbolize a championship for the Houston Rockets — a decision that he made years ago when he played for the Dallas Mavericks as well. However, after a rocky season for the overall team, the Houston Rockets can now focus on the off-season and making key decisions about what they will do next year.
Perhaps Jason Terry will think twice before offering another “guarantee” in the new season. On the other hand, the Houston Rockets could possibly prepare and stage an amazing comeback in the 2016-17 season that will make those types of extreme guarantees turn into absolute certainties.
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