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Terry Rozier admits Celtics put 'a lot of stuff' behind them for playoffs

Terry Rozier admits Celtics put 'a lot of stuff' behind them for playoffs

Everyone knows about the Boston Celtics' tumultuous regular season -- in part because they've had no problem talking about it.

Following the Celtics' statement win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their second-round NBA playoff series, point guard Terry Rozier made another reference to the locker room strife that plagued Boston throughout the season.

"I'll just say a lot of people put things that they were going through during the season behind them and we all looked at that big awesome goal at the end, so we're just clicking," Rozier told Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill on Sunday. 

"We were going through a lot of stuff during the season … dealing with a lot of guys battling one another for spots and stuff. But I feel like we put everything behind us."

The Celtics' chemistry issues have been an open secret, as Rozier was one of several Celtics players who had to adapt to reduced roles with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returning from injury this season.

Those issues clearly affected Boston's play during the regular season, its worst campaign since 2015-16. But as Rozier points out, the C's have either resolved their differences or just chosen to forget about them, and the result has been eye-opening: Five consecutive wins to begin the 2019 postseason.

Even still, Rozier told Goodwill the playoff version of these Celtics remains an enigma.

"I don't really know our identity,” Rozier added. “I can't make it up in one word. I'd say we’re … pretty interesting."

Through five games, "pretty interesting" is working quite well.

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Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

The Boston Celtics hosting a playoff game in an empty arena would be a bizarre experience.

Take it from the guy who's played in front of empty arenas.

Celtics big man Daniel Theis played several years of professional basketball in his native Germany before joining the C's in 2017. On the latest episode of NBC Sports Boston's "Celtics At Home," Theis explained that preseason games often didn't have fans, which created an atmosphere he didn't exactly enjoy.

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"It's definitely weird just thinking about it," Theis told host Brian Scalabrine. "Thinking back for me, playing in Germany in preseason games when you have scrimmages and no fans in there. You hear every voice, every word, every step. It's annoying."

Games without fans could be the NBA's new reality as it aims to safely resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Germany's top soccer league, the Bundesliga -- which Theis has been following intently -- is already playing games in empty arenas.

But while Theis wants to get back on the court, he doesn't sound thrilled about playing games without fans again -- especially if that means losing the home-crowd advantage that Boston provides.

"When I watched the soccer games this weekend, it was just -- it didn't feel right," Theis said. "Especially in Boston, when it comes to the playoffs and the fans at TD Garden are so important and so loud ... Then I can imagine now just playing a playoff game with nobody in there, it feels probably like a practice game or scrimmage."

Theis also discussed some of the Celtics' best Zoom guest speakers during Episode Three of "Celtics At Home," which includes guest appearances from C's legends Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Walton.

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This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

The Boston Celtics had no intention of returning to Orlando for Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.

On this date exactly 10 years ago, Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"The Truth" was an absolute force against the Magic in Game 6 of the East Finals on May 28, 2010, scoring 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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The result: A 96-84 Celtics win at TD Garden that eliminated Orlando and punched Boston's ticket to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 28) but it also came during the Big Three era:

May 28, 2008: Kevin Garnett (33 points) and Ray Allen (29 points) carry the load as Boston edges the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The C's finish the Pistons off in Game 6 to advance to the Finals.

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