Terry Rozier says Kyrie Irving is Celtics’ ‘backbone’
The Boston Celtics are slowly but surely playing like a championship contender, and while they are still trying to fix some flaws in their system, it is obvious that they’re getting ready for playoff action. For Celtics guard Terry Rozier, the success of the team relies heavily on the shoulders of Kyrie Irving.
“It’s easy … when Kyrie is in a great mood, when Kyrie is feeling good, our whole team is feeling good. … He’s our leader, our guy, he’s our backbone.”
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) March 15, 2019
Irving is no doubt the best player in this Boston team, but there are multiple occasions this season when he has failed to display the leadership that the team needed. Back in January, he called out the young players on the team for not knowing how to play championship level basketball.
But just like Boston, Irving is growing. This is the first time in his career that he’s been given the responsibility to lead a team, and although he didn’t respond well to it at first, he’s now beginning to understand his impact on the team, both on and off the court.
Boston is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, but they believe that they have enough talent to make a deep run in the playoffs, even if they don’t have the homecourt advantage on their side.
But for the Celtics to achieve their goal of winning a title this year, Kyrie should provide the team the motivation that they need. It is important for him to lead by example, as most of the players in his team are young guys who are still trying to understand what it takes to win when games matter the most.
Kyrie is indeed the backbone of this team, and if he continues to be a strong one, sky’s the limit for the Celtics.