Terry Rozier made a name for himself in the 2017-18 NBA season following the sidelining of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, whose season ended March 11th as a result of a reported ongoing knee injury that eventually resulted in surgery. As the Boston Celtics marched their way through the East and into the Conference Finals last year, the buzz surrounding Rozier grew. The career backup went on to start for the Celtics throughout the postseason, averaging 16.5 points, 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 2.7 three-pointers per game. His late game heroics and knack for being a machine on the defensive end launched him past folk hero status in Beantown and into league wide fandom.
This season has been a little different, however. Rozier is still playing solid basketball, but with the return of Irving in the starting lineup, “Scary Terry” has reclaimed his spot on the bench. After averaging 33.2 minutes per game in the regular season while Kyrie was out injured and averaging 36.6 minutes per game in the postseason, Rozier is only seeing 23.7 minutes per action this season.
Though Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and Terry Rozier have both dismissed rumors that he was unhappy with playing time and that a trade shipping Rozier out of Boston is eventual, it may not be something the front office should dismiss entirely. There may be some justification for moving on from Rozier.
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