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Terry Rozier reveals origin of ‘Scary Terry’ nickname

Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier has burst onto the NBA scene in a big way. “Scary Terry,” as he’s came to he known, is native of Youngstown, Ohio who attended Shaker Heights High. His collegiate days were spent at the University of Louisville, where he averaged 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds as a freshman and made the AAC All-Rookie Team.

Rozier declared for the NBA Draft in 2015, where he was selected by the Celtics with the 16th overall pick. Since then, Scary Terry has endeared himself as a fan favorite in Beantown. Simply put, he’s a scrapper — a hard worker.

When Kyrie Irving was ruled out for the remainder of this season due to patella surgery, Rozier had a unique opportunity to shine, and shine he has.

In his 18 playoff appearances with the Celtics this season, Rozier has racked up averages of 17.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting from the field (37.2 percent from beyond the arc), 5.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 36.6 minutes per.

Following Friday night’s 109-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Rozier shed some light on where his nickname, Scary Terry, came from.

“Well, the fans just started calling me that out of nowhere,” Rozier said of his moniker. “I guess it was when I checked into the game. Obviously, I was coming off the bench the whole season, but I try to change the game as much as I can. So they started calling me Scary Terry, and it stuck.”

“Do you like it?” Rozier was asked of the name.

“Yeah,” Rozier replied with a smile. “I like it a lot.”

Rozier’s fame has grown so much that tee shirts have been made in his honor — a fact he was asked about during his media availability on Friday night.

“The Scary Terry tee shirts are being sold everywhere in Boston,” a reporter said to Rozier.

“It’s all working in full circle,” Terry Rozier replied. “It’s a blessing. It’s all out there now. Everybody calls me Scary Terry now from all over. The shirts is a big help, doing things with Barstool and stuff like that — they’re selling them. It’s working out great.”

Rozier and the Celtics will be back in action on Sunday night, as they’re scheduled to host the Cavs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Tip is set for 8:30 p.m. EST with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.