Celtics guard Terry Rozier confident team can reach 2018 NBA Finals without Kyrie Irving
The Boston Celtics had been pegged as potential favorites to go to the NBA Finals throughout the 2017-18 NBA season. Unfortunately, their chances seemingly flew out the window after it was reported that point guard Kyrie Irving will be out for the rest of the year with a knee injury.
However, not everyone in Boston is ready to pack it in early. Despite the absence of their franchise player, point guard Terry Rozier is still confident in the team’s chances, per Jared Weiss off CelticsWire:
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It goes without saying that navigating through any round of the playoffs is a tall task without a team’s best player. However, Boston has good reason to be confident in its resiliency.
The consensus had counted the Celtics out following the season-opener after small forward Gordon Hayward went down with an ankle injury. Fortunately, they managed to bounce back and become one of the best teams in the league while holding the top spot in the East for the first half of the season. Although their performance has since declined, this scrappy Boston group is not to be overlooked in the postseason.
Rozier has certainly done his part to keep their championship hopes alive with some strong play in Irving’s absence. He registered 17.2 points, 4.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in the month of March. That said, perhaps with a little help from the playoff seeding over the last couple of games, the Celtics may be able to sneak their way into the Eastern Conference Finals to give themselves a shot at the title.