Celtics guard Terry Rozier adopting ‘nothing to lose’ mentality heading into Game 5 vs. Cavs
Yet, the resilient approach for this young team has never wavered, despite losing their two best players in Gordon Hayward during the first game of the season and Kyrie Irving late in the campaign, among other cogs like rookie Daniel Theis along the way.
In true Brad Stevens fashion, this team has no reason to doubt getting out of this series, with two more games at the TD Garden and a bevy of capable players.
“Because of what we’ve been through. We ain’t got nothing to lose,” point guard Terry Rozier said, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “We got a lot of young guys that are hungry, we got a great coaching staff that puts us in the right position, and we got good veterans like Al.”
“We got the right pieces, man, no matter who we’re missing.”
The Celtics will now face a pivotal Game 5 after splitting the series with each team defending home court, and even if Stevens has gone as far as to say his team is rather naive playoff-wise, it isn’t something young guns like Jaylen Brown completely buy into.
“I see what Brad is saying but I would disagree. I don’t think naive is the right word,” Brown said. “I think we definitely know what’s going on and I think we know who we’re playing against. I think we know what we’re up against.”
“I just think that we have a lot of guys who have a really great mindset… But I don’t think naive is the right word.”
The Celtics will have to make the most of their home court advantage to prove Brown right, something Stevens will want more than anything after the Cavaliers regained momentum.