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March 21, 2013

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Happy it was Terry

LeBron James took a bit of a jab at Celtics guard Jason Terry on Wednesday, two days after the Heat’s dramatic 105-103 win over Boston. In that game the 6’9” James threw down a thunderous dunk over the 6’2” Terry and he couldn’t have been happier that Terry was the one he dunked over.

“It was one of my better ones,” James said. “And the fact that it happened to J.T. made it even that much sweeter. Because I think we all know that J.T. talks, and he talks too much sometimes and I’m glad it happened to him.”

LeBron and Terry have history as the now Celtics guard talked a lot of trash while with the Mavericks in 2011.

Third period woes

The Bruins have established themselves in the elite ranks of the NHL over the last few seasons partly because of their strong third period play. While the Bruins continue to play at an elite level, their third period play this season has been troubling.

On Tuesday the Bruins allowed three third period goals to the Jets (the last being an empty net goal) and lost 3-1 after entering the final frame with a 1-0 lead. Tuesday’s loss marks the fifth time this season the Bruins have lost a game after leading through two periods. Boston’s 9-4-1 record while leading after two ranks 29th out of 30 teams in the league.

All four of Boston’s losses in regulation have come when leading after 40 minutes of play.

McQuaid injured

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will miss 3-4 weeks with a shoulder strain suffered in Tuesday night’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

McQuaid took a hit in the corner and fell shoulder first into the boards in the opening minutes of play Tuesday night, he did not return to the game. Aaron Johnson could see extra time on the Bruins blue line in McQuaid’s absence.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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