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Jason Terry says the pressure is on the OKC Thunder in Game 4

By John Rohde Modified: May 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012
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DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks sixth man Jason Terry was waived over for an interview session on his team's practice court at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

"Better get on over here," Terry said to a throng of waiting media. "It might be the last one."

The Mavs face elimination tonight at 6:30 in Game 4 at American Airlines Center, trailing 3-0 in their best-of-seven opening-round series against the Thunder.

If OKC wins, the defending champions are eliminated. If Dallas wins, Game 5 will be at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday at 7 p.m.

The outspoken Terry appears willing to try anything to keep the series alive, and repeatedly said the pressure was on the Thunder.

"The pressure's on them, all the way," Terry said. "They're kind of young. They might not realize it, but it's there. Hopefully, they'll feel it during the game because it's hard to close a team out, man. Then if you (OKC) do lose, then what? You start to think about it a little bit. Again, not a situation we want to be in, but we'll take it at this point."

When informed Terry said all the pressure was on his team, OKC coach Scott Brooks said: "Well, it's good to be up 3-0. We don't worry about what other players say. … We know you have to win four to move onto the next series. The series is not over. Once you think that, that's when a team can come in and win. We feel we've done a good enough job to be in this position, but we definitely have to play very well tonight."

The Thunder has beaten the Mavs in varying fashions – on a 15-footer from three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant that bounded off the front of the rim, off the backboard and in with 1.5 seconds left for a 99-98 victory at The Peake in Game 1; going 37 for 39 from the free-throw line for a 102-99 win at OKC in Game 2; a wire-to-wire 95-79 victory in Game 3 at AAC.

"You look at the shot Durant hit in Game 1, the (expletive) bounces in," Terry said. "It hit the bottom of the rim and bounced in. I don't know how that happens, but it did. In Game 2, they hit their free throws. Then they came here (in Game 3) like they were still in Oklahoma. This was a home arena for them that night, but we held them to 95 points (OKC was outscored 10-0 in the final 4:54).

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