A memory’s significance always depends on who does the processing, but for Jason Terry the night of Feb. 25 ranks high in his 14-season career.
It wasn’t so much that the Celtics won that night in Utah, always one of the NBA’s most unforgiving road stops, as the conversation that followed.
The Celtics’ charter jet idled on the tarmac, and inside Terry, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett leaned back in their seats and shared Jazz road game stories.
“This whole season has been surreal for me,” Terry said. “It set in for me when we beat Utah in Utah. Utah has always been a tough place to play, whether you’re on the Celtics or in Dallas. It doesn’t matter who goes in there.
“But I went in with two Hall of Famers, and after we got the win, us three (started) talking,” he said. “That’s when it came over me that I’m amongst greatness. Just hearing them tell stories about the years that they’ve competed and gone into Utah, and the top plays — to have that same feeling as they did was just a special moment.
“I had the same kind of experiences, but theirs were so similar to mine that it just made me think. I don’t want to say that I’m (on their level), but I kind of felt like one of the guys at that moment.”
So Wednesday night’s win over Toronto wasn’t the first time it occurred to Terry that he’s now part of a living museum.
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