Rozier credits Celtics teammates for shooting success in fourth quarter

Rozier credits Celtics teammates for shooting success in fourth quarter

BOSTON – When it comes to 3-point shooting in the fourth quarter, one of the best at making them is on the Boston Celtics roster. 
And his name … Terry Rozier?
The 6-foot-2 guard has been an absolute long-range assassin in the fourth quarter of games this season, connecting on a league-best 71.4 percent (10-for-14) of his attempts.
And his overall shooting in the fourth quarter – 58.8 percent – ranks fourth in the league. 
“It’s big time. A lot of credit goes to my teammates, who screen for me to get open,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “Those shots, my coaches have confidence in me, drawing up plays for me, things like that.”
Rozier spent a considerable amount of time this summer working to improve his shooting which was bad – real bad – as a rookie. 
In the regular season, Rozier shot just 27.4 percent from the field and a woeful 22.2 percent from 3-point range. 
He saw his playing time increase during Boston’s six-game playoff series against Atlanta where he shot 39.4 percent from the field and 36.4 percent on 3s. 
This season, his overall shooting numbers stand at 44.4 percent from the floor and 41.5 percent from 3-point range. 
And he’s not putting in the time to improve his shot in practice, he’s working on it afterwards. 
On Tuesday, Rozier participated in a pair of 3-point shooting contests after practice with Jonas Jerebko, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. 
Jerebko won the first one, and Rozier was edged out in the second by Crowder. 
“But I let him know, I’m right there with him,” quipped Rozier. “It ain’t like last year.”

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.”