With the loss of Kyrie Irving for their playoff run, the Celtics needed someone to step up in a huge way. Was it going to be the rookie Tatum? or the Old Man Horford? Although both have been amazing so far, Terry Rozier or ‘Scary Terry is easily the most important player that has stepped up. Rozier has averaged 11.3 points per game and 2.9 assists.
However, on and off the court Rozier has confirmed that he is a Boston player through and through, let’s take a look at some of our favourites.
Ice, Ice, Terry…
Boston Sports; consistently competitive, winning with a team of nobodies and giving fans heart attacks at the end of games (PTSD trigger from Super Bowl 51).
The Celtics are living up to this trend in a remarkable fashion, leaving it late in big games just like our other favourite Boston sports team, (Side thought, Terry and Brady share a jersey number, both are Boston players, and are great at winning… Move over Lebron!).
Throughout the playoffs, Scary Terry has shown us that he is not just a fantastic leader but also is the icy-est mofo in town. In Game one against the Milwaukee Bucks, he made a crazy three-point shot with only 0.05 seconds on the clock (clutch.) Then again in Game Five, he proved he was iced up swatting the ball away from ‘The Process’ in the final seconds… you could say he started ‘The Process of Elimination’.
Filled the Role When Needed
The Celtics have been unlucky with injuries, losing newly acquired Gordon Hayward in the first 5 minutes of the season (I mean C’mon, first Edelman, then Hayward – seriously?) and then Kyrie nearer the playoffs. Since then, many people have written the Celtics off, waiting for them to burn out somewhere early in the playoffs (sound familiar? *cough* Eagles) however the rest of the team have stepped up to keep the Celtics very much in contention for the Finals.
One of the biggest difference makers this year? You guessed it – Rozier. He changed himself from a benchwarmer to a starter, boosting his average game time from 17 minutes a game last year, to 26 minutes this year. Last year Terry only scored a total of fourteen three-pointers in the playoffs, whereas this year he’s already had thirty-eight.
It’s a fair assumption that without Terry, the team might not be this far in the playoffs.
Terry has the Boston mentality
During games six and seven against the Bucks, Terry had a conflict with Milwaukee player Eric Bledsoe, to which Terrys asked ‘who are you?’ Showing how irrelevant Bledsoe was.
To add some Hot Sauce to the beef, after the Celtics finally beat the Bucks in game seven, Terry Rozier wore a Drew Bledsoe jersey, showing everyone that there is only one Bledsoe Rozier cares about. (I think Drew was just happy that someone remembered who he was and that he was getting some TV time, to be honest.
Either way, That’s just nasty Terry.
How far can this mixed bag, Boston team go? Will the King be enough to defeat the Green? It’s going to be a great series, however, it’s safe to say that the routing of the Cavs in game one will not be the norm throughout. Put your mask back on Terry, we need something Scary to dethrone the king.