The Boston Celtics are labeled as the biggest disappointment of the NBA season. And it isn’t over yet. Brad Stevens and his team were projected to be the new challengers of Golden State’s reign. But it turned out that they couldn’t even reach the stage which allows them to face the Warriors.
After suffering a painful and humiliating elimination against the Milwaukee Bucks, who except for Game 1 completely dominated every other contest, the Celts will now have to clear some things among themselves.
The bad chemistry which was noticeable almost immediately after the start of the season, in the end, brought them here. As time went by, the cracks in their game became bigger and more visible, and eventually, their big ambitions just burst like a soap bubble.
Terry Rozier’s statement from today indicates that huge changes in Boston. Rozier, who was a backup to Kyrie Irving, stated that he doesn’t want to come back next season if some players stay at TD Garden.
The young point guard will become a restricted free agent this summer, meaning that he can exercise the contract and possibly leave.
Rozier also said that of all the players in Boston, he is the one who “sacrificed his talent” the most. And when looking at the numbers, the players’ statements are true. Last year he played 36.6 minutes in 19 games Boston played on its way towards the Eastern Conference finals. He averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 assists, and 5.3 boards. Now, those numbers are nowhere near – 6.4 points, 4.3 boards, and 1.9 assists.
Rozier didn’t hesitate to reveal the reasons for that. He mentioned Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, saying that after they recovered from respective injuries, his role diminished.
And this is not the first time that these two guys have been labeled as the ones who destroyed Celtics good chemistry created during the previous season. The young core of the team allegedly didn’t want to accept new leaders, and because of that, all the problems appeared up in Massachusets.
Boston will have a hot free-agency in front of them, and everything points towards Kyrie’s exit. If that happens, Rozier will no doubt stay.
But all the options are on the table and don’t be surprised if the story goes the other way.