Terry Rozier is making it hard for anyone to not know his name in leading the Boston Celtics to a 117-101 Game 1 victory over Philadelphia.
Boston Celtics fans know him very well, but now everyone knows who Terry Rozier is and what he is capable.
During the team’s impressive 117-101 Game 1 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the second-round of the NBA playoffs, Rozier lived up to his nickname. He was simply scary in delivery a career-high 29 points against a team favored to take the Celtics out.
Now no one is saying the Louisville product is Kyrie Irving, but he has been filling those shoes (both literally and figuratively) so far during these playoffs.
Quite simply, when Terry Rozier is on, he is on. And last night was one of those games as Rozier, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford helped fill the scoring void left by Jaylen Brown just like they did in the Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Playing with high intensity, Rozier showed an array of offense on Monday night. Not only was he able to drive to the hoop and create off the dribble, he was simply on fire from behind the stripe. The third-year guard knocked down seven 3-point shots, including a couple of daggers when the 76ers were on the verge of coming back.
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In all, it was the kind of performance that make playoff legends. But for Terry Rozier, he is just living in the moment and embracing his opportunity to shine. He is also just playing within the game plan and doing all the necessary things to help the team win games. Just like all of his other teammates.
"“We all got together yesterday [Sunday] and we had a plan,” Rozier said following the game. “No matter who’s on the court, we’re well-coached. Our coaches hold accountable for taking care of business, and we hold each other accountable. That’s the most important thing.”"
Playing it forward
Going up against a team like the Philadelphia 76ers, Terry Rozier is going to have to keep this up. He won’t mimic the torrid shooting pace he had Monday night, but anything close to his performance in Game 1 will help the Boston Celtics have more than a chance at winning this series.
With the perimeter shooting the Sixers are capable of, Rozier also has to continue to harass on the defensive end.
Pulling down 8 rebounds and forcing 2 steals, “Scary” Terry was everywhere and he’ll have to continue to be to keep the 76ers on their heals.