Celtics’ Danny Ainge jokes about Terry Rozier having more fun now that he’ll be playing a bigger role again in playoffs
Marcus Smart will reportedly miss the first two rounds of the playoffs for the Boston Celtics, which means backup point guard Terry Rozier will get more minutes.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge joked with reporters on Thursday that Rozier might start having some fun now that he’s going to have the ball in his hands more:
Danny Ainge said the Celtics thought Marcus Smart’s injury was a hip pointer until MRI yesterday: “That’s a bummer.”
Joked: “Maybe Terry will have some fun now.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 11, 2019
This was a difficult season for Rozier, who saw his role with the Celtics diminish from last season.
Star point guard Kyrie Irving didn’t play in the playoffs last season, so Rozier started and flourished. In 19 games during the Celtics’ 2018 postseason run, Rozier averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists while shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Boston lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
With Irving back this season, Rozier’s minutes and scoring output have dipped. He averaged just 9.0 points per game in the regular season. The 25-year-old becomes a restricted free agent this summer.
The Celtics take on the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the postseason. Boston will have home court advantage. Rozier will have to play at a high-level since Smart is out with an oblique injury.
Let’s see how Scary Terry does.