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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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Breakfast Podcast June 17, 2019: Anthony Davis is going to be a Laker, what does that mean for the Celtics?

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Breakfast Podcast June 17, 2019: Anthony Davis is going to be a Laker, what does that mean for the Celtics?

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1:17 - Jeff Goodman joins the Early Edition crew to give his thoughts on Anthony Davis landing in LA and why he thinks Kyrie Irving had a negative impact on Jayson Tatum this past season.

7:13 - Joe Haggerty and Phil Perry react to Don Sweeney's comments on wanting to keep Torey Krug and David Backes in Boston next year.

12:16 - Lou Merloni, John Tomase and Tony Massaroti react to the Red Sox 2-0 win over the Twins.

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Could Bradley Beal be the next big star that the Celtics pursue?

Could Bradley Beal be the next big star that the Celtics pursue?

In the wake of the Anthony Davis trade, the Boston Celtics no longer have a superstar target in their sights. The trade market doesn't have an obvious superstar available for the first time in what feels like quite a while. But with Danny Ainge still sitting on a treasure trove of assets, the Celtics could still look to be active in attempting to acquire franchise changing players.

In an appearance on NBC Sports Boston's Arbella Early Edition, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix gave his pick for a potential franchise cornerstone that the Celtics could target. That was Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Here's why Mannix thinks that Beal could be the next star-caliber player that becomes available.

I lean towards Beal just because he's the obvious guy that could be moved. Ted Leonsis, the owner in Washington, loves Bradley Beal, but a new GM could walk in there and say look, I've got John Wall probably not playing next season. Bradley Beal has three years left on his contract. He is an enormously valuable trade asset. Can you get a Bradley Beal without throwing a Jayson Tatum in a trade? I don't know. But Bradley Beal is the next big star, I think, that could be available.

And as NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg went on to point out, Tatum and Beal have a relationship as they did go to the same high school. So, in the event that the Celtics did have Beal and Tatum, they would have some immediate chemistry.

The Wizards could be heading towards a rebuild, as Wall will likely miss a good chunk of the upcoming season with a torn Achilles he suffered in late January. Wall is entering the first year of a four-year, $170 million supermax extension, so if he can't get on the floor, the Wizards will have a tough time surrounding Beal with solid offensive weaponry. And if the team struggles to start the season, they could move on from Beal to jumpstart a potential rebuild.

Of course, acquiring Beal would be no easy pursuit. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, all of which are career highs. He made strides as a distributor with Wall out and as Mannix pointed out, he is on a controllable contract that comes in at roughly $25 million annually, well below the max. So, if he does become available, he could be a sought after target and may require the Celtics to ship out some of their young assets.

In fact, the New Orleans Pelicans are rumored to have an interest in Beal. So, if Washington does decide to sell Beal, the Celtics will have to get into the fray and construct a package that could work for the soon-to-be 26-year-old scorer.

There's no guarantee that Beal will become available. But certainly, his scoring would be a good fit with the Celtics. It will be interesting to see what Washington decides to do with him as they navigate a difficult situation with Wall's injury.

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