Terry Rozier continues to limit mistakes for Celtics

Terry Rozier continues to limit mistakes for Celtics

Whether he’s playing sparse minutes or significant ones, Terry Rozier doesn’t make a lot of mistakes when he’s on the floor.
Maybe it’s because of his ball-handling skills, or his court vision is off-the-charts.
Rozier would love to offer up those as the reasons why he has such a high assists-to-turnover ratio, but here’s the truth:
“It’s easy for me to say, ‘I got a good handle. I was careful with the ball,’” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “It’s hard to turn the ball over if you’re not being aggressive.”
And that is the line that Rozier toes this days which has enabled him to become a regular off the Celtics’ bench this season. The 6-foot-2 guard has appeared in all 24 games for Boston this season.
Rozier’s aggression will be on display Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs who once again find themselves among the top teams in the NBA.
 “I still want to make good plays,” Rozier said. “And down the stretch be aggressive and not turn the ball over.”

For his career, the second-year guard has an assists-to-turnover ratio of 2.5:1. This season, he has 47 assists with 14 turnovers for a 3.4:1 assists to turnover ratio which is tops among all second-year guards who play at least 10 minutes per game (Rozier logs 19.1 minutes per game).
He has done it lately and still manages to maintain a high assists- to-turnover ratio.
In Boston’s last four games he has averaged 9.5 points despite shooting just 38.8 percent from the field while tallying 12 assists with just one turnover.
Rozier attributes his increased aggression to being reminded recently as to why he’s in the NBA.
“As a scorer all my life, you always have to be aggressive,” Rozier said. “You’ll draw attention. Once you draw that attention, you just make the extra pass. You’re never in the wrong when you’re aggressive.  I had to find that out when I came into the league. I was a little too passive and things like that. Once I’m aggressive, playing downhill I’m never in the wrong. It’s about making plays because I’m not a selfish player.”
And when he is aggressive, that opens up scoring opportunities for himself as well as opposing players.
“I can make that extra pass,” Rozier said. “I can look for guys and look for myself too.”
But the trick is doing it consistently, something Rozier readily admits is still a work in progress when it comes to his game.
“It’s tough,” Rozier said. “I had to ask Avery (Bradley) like a week in a half ago; I asked him how do you get yourself prepared for every game, mentally. He said it’s tough. But that’s what separates the pros from the average joes. You have to come in and wake up that day with the mindset, ready to play and play well and help my team win. That’s what I try to do now heading into every game.”

NBCSB Breakfast podcast: Maybe next year will be the Celtics' year

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NBCSB Breakfast podcast: Maybe next year will be the Celtics' year

1:31 - With the results of Kyrie Irving’s second opinion on he knee looming, the Celtic’s season is certainly up in the air. A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and Gary Tanguay debate how and if Kyrie should be used if he returns.

6:02 - Back in October Michael Felger prematurely said the Bruins season was over. The B’s marketing team featured Felger in an ad for playoff tickets now that the Bruins have clinched the playoffs. Felger, Trenni and Gary react to the commercial and discuss the Bruins playoff chances.

11:47 - The Patriots are making moves! on Tursday the Pats made deals with LaAdrian Waddle, Marquis Flowers and Patrick Chung. Phil Perry, Michael Holley, Troy Brown and Tom Curran discuss how despite these moves, the Patriots should still be in search of a left tackle.

Greg Monroe looking forward to his 2nd taste of playoffs

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Greg Monroe looking forward to his 2nd taste of playoffs

BOSTON – We live in a world filled with success stories that came about by accident. 

The invention of the microwave oven.

Post-It notes.

The creation of potato chips.

The Boston Celtics’ game-winning play against Oklahoma City earlier this week qualfies; a play in which there were multiple miscues made by the Celtics prior to Marcus Morris’ game-winning shot. 


All these Celtics injuries have made Brad Stevens a mad scientist of sorts with some unusual lineups that may be on display tonight against the guard-centric Portland Trail Blazers. 

In Boston’s 100-99 win over the Thunder on Tuesday, we saw Stevens utilize a lineup with Al Horford and Greg Monroe, in four different stints.

Monroe, who had 17 points off the bench - the most he has scored as a Celtic -  enjoyed playing with Horford.

“Al’s so smart. He’s seen it all in this league,” Monroe told NBC Sports Boston. “He’s an all-star. Very cerebral player, unselfish. So it’s easy playing with him. He can space, drive, make plays. I feel like I can make plays, driving. It’s fun playing with him. I look forward to getting out there with him more.”

Horford had similar praise for playing with Monroe.

“Coach (Brad Stevens) made a great move bringing Greg back in, in the fourth, playing us together,” Horford said. “He made some great plays, passing the ball and just … timely plays. It’s one of those things, the more we play with each other the more comfortable we’ll get. I thought it was very positive.”

Monroe’s role has become significantly more important with the season-ending injury (torn meniscus, left knee) to Daniel Theis. And his ability to play well with various lineups will only improve Boston’s chances of weathering this latest storm of injuries which comes on the eve of the playoffs. 

And while there’s a certain amount of pleasure all players take in being on a playoff-bound team, Monroe understands better than most NBA veterans just how special it is to be headed towards the postseason.

In his eighth season, this will only be Monroe’s second time participating in the playoffs. 

The first time? 

That was last year, with the Milwaukee Bucks. 

“This is what everybody plays for, I hope,” Monroe said. “This is what I play for, to get into the postseason, make a run. It’s the best situation. I’ve been through a lot in my career, this year. I’m grateful. I don’t take anything for granted. I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team.”

And he has done that lately.

Monroe comes into tonight’s game having scored in double figures each of the last four games, a season high for the 6-foot-11 center. 

Having spent most of his NBA career watching instead of participating in the playoffs, Monroe is out to prove that he can in fact be a significant contributor to a team that’s postseason-bound.

“For sure. You have to have a little chip, a little fire, at least in my eyes,” Monroe said. “I’ve never doubted myself. It’s about being between those lines and being the best player I can be. That’s what I’m focused on.”