The Boston Celtics are expected to undergo serious changes over the offseason and frankly, could use them. Major changes could include the departures of Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier.
After the Celtics lost in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday to the Milwaukee Bucks to end their season, some of Boston’s players were asked about their future.
Irving, who could become one of the most prominent free agents, talked about “moving on to the next thing,” indicating he could play elsewhere.
Rozier had a “no comment” about his future, leading the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn to believe the guard is gone.
Rozier will be a restricted free agent after the season. The Celtics would have the right to match any contract he signs, but he may strongly discourage them from doing so. He emerged in the playoffs last year but struggled to find minutes this year and averaged 9.0 points on 22.7 minutes per game. However, if Irving opts out of his contract to become a free agent and leaves, that might open up minutes for Rozier and change his opinion about a future in Boston.
The Philadelphia 76ers pulled off a late win over the Boston Celtics in a game that featured a playoff atmosphere Wednesday night, and Terry Rozier feels his Eastern Conference rivals may have been a little too excited about the victory.
Trailing 108-105 with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Sixers fought back and scrapped their way to a 118-115. You can understand why they were excited, but Rozier mocked them after the game for overdoing it a bit.
Had the game been in Boston and the Celtics won in similar fashion, they probably would have reacted the same way. The two teams could very well meet in the postseason again this year, and some intense play led to technical fouls and an ejection on Wednesday. Basketball should be hoping for several more rematches between the Celtics and Sixers.
Joel Embiid is the master troll of the NBA and was at it again on Wednesday.
Embiid put up 37 points and 22 rebounds in a 118-115 win over the Boston Celtics in what was the game of the night. Embiid being Embiid of course had to post on social media after the win and was sure to take a shot at an opponent.
The Sixers big man posted photos of the game on Instagram and marked his location as “Lametown.” As Adam Himmelsbach pointed out, that was a reference to Boston’s Terry Rozier calling Embiid “lame” in an interview. Himmelsbach’s post has two screenshots breaking it down:
Embiid and Rozier have history as the two got in a shoving match during the playoffs last year.
Embiid has somewhat taken things easy on social media before ramping back up on Wednesday night. His last great post came after a win over the Timberwolves in January. He better make sure he can continue to back it all up in case the teams meet in the postseason.
Terry Rozier hit out at a trolling Philadelphia 76ers fan over Twitter on Monday night.
A Sixers fan responded to a tweet from Rozier by saying that the 76ers would hand the Celtics a loss when the two teams meet on Wednesday. Rozier saw that and answered the fan, swatting him down with a serious comeback.
Have the Celtics dominated the 76ers as badly as Rozier says they have? He’s not far off.
Boston has beaten Philly in four straight playoff series and hasn’t lost to them in a playoff series since 1982. Since the 2014-2015 NBA season, the Celtics have gone 17-2 against the 76ers in the regular season. That’s not quite as far back as when Allen Iverson was playing for them, but it’s still enough to get Rozier’s point across.
DeMarcus Cousins and Terry Rozier received technical fouls for their roles in a fourth quarter incident during the Golden State Warriors-Boston Celtics game on Tuesday night.
Cousins was trying to work on Aron Baynes in the low post and got upset when he was called for an offensive foul. He then yelled at Baynes for flopping, prompting some words of defense from Jayson Tatum. Cousins shoved Tatum in response, and Rozier shoved Cousins back in defense of his teammate.
Cousins was having a rough night offensively, was targeted by the Celtics on defense, and his team was getting blown out. His frustration was understandable, though misplaced. Cousins is 270 pounds; he can’t be too shocked when an opponent hits the floor after Cousins moves into him with all his strength.
The Boston Celtics have a lot of good players and not as many minutes to go around, which has left Terry Rozier frustrated early in the season.
Rozier put together his best season in the NBA last year, posting career-highs in many meaningful stats. Some of those numbers came during the absence Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart. With both players now healthy, Rozier has seen a reduction in minutes as he’s averaged 22 minutes per game in four contests this season. By comparison, he averaged nearly 37 minutes per game in the playoffs last season.
While he understands the situation, Rozier acknowledges it’s frustrating not getting the minutes he wants.
The Celtics boast a wealth of talent with players like Irving, Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Al Horford. As Rozier noted, that gives head coach Brad Stevens the task of keeping everyone (relatively) happy while trying to win games.
Rozier and the Celtics could not come to an agreement on an extension to Rozier’s rookie contract. When playing for a contract, getting minutes to show what you can do helps. Right now, Rozier doesn’t feel like he’s getting as many of those as he would like. Teams around the league are probably hoping the logjam leads Boston to make Rozier available via trade.
Brad Stevens is making it quite clear how he feels about Terry Rozier.
Rozier was a first-round pick by the Boston Celtics in 2015 and entering his fourth season with the team. He blossomed last season amid injuries to Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, averaging 11.3 points per game during the regular season and 16.5 points per game during the playoffs.
Boston has until the season opener to extend Rozier beyond his rookie contract, but NBC Sports Boston says that is unlikely to come. Regardless, Stevens hopes the Celtics will have Rozier around for a long time.
Rozier says that he is open to signing an extension after the season.
Boston has Hayward under contract for potentially three more seasons. Irving says he wants to remain with the team longterm. Marcus Smart is already locked up through 2021-22. Boston has so much money already committed that they may have to make a decision on keeping either Rozier or Jaylen Brown.
The start of the NBA season is just over one week away, with the Celtics and Hornets competing in the first preseason game Friday, Sept. 28. Odds once again favor the Warriors to win it all, while Boston has the second-best title odds.
Though Golden State is a heavy favorite, last season proved even the league’s best are vulnerable. With LeBron heading to L.A., the already-loaded West has become a verifiable murderer’s row.
Get excited – the race for the Larry O’Brien Trophy begins soon. Here are 10 players with a lot to prove in the 2018-19 season.
10. John Wall, Wizards
Last season was a rough one for John Wall. After signing a $170 million extension with the Wizards, he missed two months (from late January-March) with a hand injury. He never seemed to find a real rhythm. During the season, he was criticized for being out of shape, and tempers in Washington’s locker room boiled over. Wall said the team was “not having fun right now.” The dynamics with Wall and Bradley Beal seem to be unpredictable – good today, bad tomorrow. No one questions Wall’s talent, and he’s been electric in the postseason – but this season, he needs to prove he can lead a team for a full season and be the central figure (the leader!) on a roster that actually gets along.
The Phoenix Suns made a rather curious trade on Thursday, but they’ve apparently been trying to make some even bigger moves recently.
According to Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro, the Suns have tried to trade for several high-profile point guards this summer. Those include Portland’s Damian Lillard, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, and Boston’s Terry Rozier.
Obviously, nothing came of any of this. It’s an indication that the Suns are trying to be aggressive and are well aware of their need for a point guard, but they simply don’t have the assets — at least, not ones they’re willing to give up. Instead, they’ve made moves like this one to reset the organization.
The 2017-18 NBA season featured breakout performances from a number of talented young players: Victor Oladipo, Devin Booker, Fred VanVleet, and Jamal Murray, among others. Though at this point most attention is (understandably) focused on the key stars and title contenders for this coming season, we’re wondering which young players could go up a level in 2018-19.
Some of the following players just haven’t found the right fit. Others have stayed with one team, gradually improved, and seem poised to really emerge this season. Here are 10 breakout candidates we’ll be keeping an eye on.
10. Doug McDermott, Indiana Pacers
McDermott has bounced around since the Denver Nuggets selected the Creighton star No. 11 in the 2014 draft. He’s now on his fifth NBA team. McDermott’s shooting has never been an issue, but it became a major asset last season; after joining Dallas, he hit nearly 50 percent (!) of his outside attempts. His defense has gradually improved throughout his career, and he’s no longer a liability on that end. Indiana strikes me as the perfect fit for McBuckets. He should shine playing off of Victor Oladipo in Nate McMillan’s shooter-friendly system, much like Bojan Bogdanovic broke out last season.