Terry Rozier isn’t afraid to admit it. His regular season, much like that of the Boston Celtics, didn’t go as planned. But that’s all in the past now.
“This season hasn’t been fun, personally,” Rozier said. “I know there are better things to come. I know we’re going to have a great playoff push and I’m ready.”
After serving as a key cog in Boston’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago, many expected Rozier’s play to take another step forward in his fourth NBA season. Instead, Rozier’s production took a slight dip this season and he never seemed completely comfortable with his role coming off the bench.
But now, Rozier has a clean slate to work with as the C’s get set for a first-round match up with the Indiana Pacers starting this weekend. For Rozier, his play in a 116-110 win over the Washington Wizards that served as the Celtics final tune-up before the start of the NBA playoffs could be a jumping off point into the post season.
Rozier, who was one of only two regular rotations players – along with Jaylen Brown – to suit up against the Wizards, logged 24 minutes and netted a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Rozier added four assists and four rebounds while he shot 50% (4-for-8) from downtown.
An up-tick in play from Rozier’s regular season performances would sure be of high value for the C’s in the post season, but time will only tell if Rozier can turnaround his season. After an 82-game regular season that didn’t bring much fun for Rozier, he knows the playoffs, if things go as planned this time around, will be much more enjoyable.
“I know it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Rozier said. “I’m ready for it. I’m ready to hear the crowd go crazy.”