BOSTON — "Is this the warmup question right here?”
Terry Rozier knew why he had been requested by the media on Tuesday afternoon and, when the first question generically asked about the team’s impromptu offday practice, he playfully chided reporters for not getting to the heart of the matter.
Rozier drew attention on social media Tuesday morning when he tweeted, “Let’s do us ALL a favor.” Celtics fans, already on edge given the team’s rocky start, immediately started speculating whether it was some sort of message about Rozier’s status with the team.
Let’s do us ALL a favor— Terry Rozier (@T_Rozzay3) November 20, 2018
Rozier tried to stem speculation by tweeting, “I forgot y’all get happy feet … I wasn’t talking about me … chill with the bad talk."
I forgot y’all get happy feet..I wasn’t talking about me 🤦🏾♂️ chill with the bad talk 😂— Terry Rozier (@T_Rozzay3) November 20, 2018
And he further tried to calm the masses after practice Tuesday.
"Y’all know I got love for y’all. I’ve got love for the fans. But it wasn’t nothing on that,” said Rozier. "We’re gonna look to come out and play better [Wednesday] and make sure everybody’s happy.”
Rozier suggested that players are well aware that fans are not happy with Boston’s 9-8 start to the new season, including letting a winnable game slip away in Charlotte on Monday night. And he appreciates the passion.
“Coming to a place like this, this type of organization with the die-hard fans, that’s what it is. That’s what you’ve got to accept,” said Rozier. “But at the end of the day, we know the fans are going to ride for us. They’ve got our backs. And you’ve got some people that think they're [general managers], but that’s fine.”
Rozier set off a similar social media firestorm when he posted “Here today, gone tomorrow” on Snapchat last summer.
"See that’s another example. I think I said, ‘Here today, gone tomorrow,’” Rozier said with a smile. "Yeah, so it’s all love. It’s all love.”
Rozier said he’s confident the Celtics will get on track soon and that, while he doesn’t like losing — even reciting Marcus Smart’s recent line about hating losing more than loving winning — he believes things are going to turn for Boston.
Rozier gave the Celtics a second-quarter jolt Monday and finished with 8 points on 3-of-6 shooting. But Charlotte’s Kemba Walker got hot in the fourth quarter and no one could slow him down (including Rozier).
But Rozier isn’t ready to panic.
"We’ve still got so many more games left to figure it out. I feel like we’re still connecting and getting better playing with each other,” said Rozier. "We lost [Monday] night but there were still a lot of positives we took away from it. A lot of things were flowing. We just came up short, to a guy that’s very hot that’s been playing great this season.
"I think we’ll get it together. Like Coach [Brad Stevens] said, we’re due for a lot of makes that’s coming up, so that’s gonna happen.”
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