It was a lackluster season for Jason Terry by all accounts. Despite being an ironman again, when it comes to games played, his production was lacking for several months of the 2012-13 campaign. During the season, Danny Ainge had mentioned on a CSN broadcast that his guard was battling knee issues in February, but Jet deflected any questions about his condition moving forward.
Now, with a little more information from Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald, we have a better sense of just how much Terry’s knee issues affected him.
The Celtics guard, who tweeted a picture of himself running on a treadmill in the Celtics’ Waltham practice facility today, had an arthoscopic procedure to remove the plica from his left knee. The plica is described as an extension of the protective synovial capsule of the knee, and can become irritated, enlarged, or inflamed if caught between the patella and the femur.
“I saw him today, and he looked great,” said Celtics president Danny Ainge. “He’s doing really well.”
Asked if the condition might have contributed to Terry’s late-season performance, Ainge said, “I’m sure it was bothering him.”
In addition, Celtics guard Terrence Williams recently had an injection to relieve a painful case of tendinitis in one of his knees.
The Williams condition we already had a bit of a clue about, since he tweeted about a surgery a couple weeks back. With two years and nearly 11 million dollars left on his contract though, it’s helpful to know that Terry’s tough campaign has a better explanation than old age and/or declining skills. If the C’s want to go anywhere next season, they’ll need JET to return to his Dallas form and this is a step in the right direction.