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Rozier on Jaylen Brown: 'He's going to be scary'

Rozier on Jaylen Brown: 'He's going to be scary'

At the end of the day, NBA players aren’t all that different than you and I when it comes to wanting to see what rookies have to offer. 
 
So, as you might expect, Celtics players were eager to learn what Jaylen Brown had to offer against a real NBA team. 
 
Across the board, they liked what they saw as Brown came off the bench in Boston’s 92-89 loss to Philadelphia and scored eight points, with most coming in the fourth quarter.

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There was indeed some anxiousness early on for Brown, selected by Boston with the third overall pick in last June’s NBA draft. But those nerves soon gave way to a string of strong plays that included a powerful, one-handed dunk that brought the Mullins Center fans to their feet.

“He had the crowd going crazy, the bench going crazy,” said Terry Rozier, referring to Brown’s fourth-quarter dunk. “That’s something he’s going to be good for doing. He can jump out the gym. He plays very athletic. He’s going to see a lot of minutes this year, I feel.”
 
That would be unexpected, considering most of the minutes at the small forward position will be logged by Jae Crowder. 
 
But this is where Brown’s versatility comes into the play. 
 
Crowder is only 6-foot-6, but he has shown the ability to play power forward for stretches. And in the Sixers game, Brown saw action at power forward, as well, which he admitted afterwards has not been something he has spent a considerable amount of time working on in training camp. 
 
While it may not necessarily be his natural position, the 6-7 Brown said where he plays on the floor doesn’t matter. 
 
“I’m comfortable at the four (power forward), or wherever coach needs me to play,” Brown said. “It’s part of being versatile; part of versatility is being ready when somebody calls your name. You’re a rookie so you can’t really have any excuses and be like, ‘Nah, I don’t want to play the four (power forward).’ If he wants to play me at the four, I’m down.”
 
Rozier, selected by Boston with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, liked what he saw from Brown.  But as impressed as he was with the rookie’s play, Rozier is confident that Brown’s game will only get better with time. 
 
“Once the game really slows down for him, it’s going to be scary for a lot of people,” Rozier said.

Celtics sign guard P.J. Dozier to two-way contract

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Celtics sign guard P.J. Dozier to two-way contract

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics have added another body to the roster with the signing of P.J. Dozier to a two-way contract. 
 
A 6-foot-7 guard, Dozier was on a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. The 21-year-old split time between the Thunder and its Gatorade League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. With the Blue, Dozier appeared in 43 games (38 starts) and averaged 12.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 28.4 minutes while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 34.0 percent from 3-point range. 

Last season, he appeared in two games with the Thunder (against the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 8 and 11, respectively).
 
Dozier joins Walter Lemon Jr. as Boston’s second, two-way contract signing this offseason. 
 
Jabari Bird, who signed a two-way contract with the Celtics last season, had a strong Summer League showing and inked a multi-year deal with Boston during this offseason. 
 
Boston’s other two-way contract signee from last year, Kadeem Allen, was waived last month after a disappointing summer league showing.