Terry Rozier

Brad Stevens blames himself for Terry Rozier's errant 3-pointer vs. Hornets

Brad Stevens blames himself for Terry Rozier's errant 3-pointer vs. Hornets

Terry Rozier made a pretty questionable decision late in the Boston Celtics' loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.

With under 20 seconds remaining and the Celtics trailing by three, Rozier drove the lane on a semi-fast break with only Hornets guard Devonte Graham between him and the hoop. But rather than pass or attempt a shot in the paint, Rozier dribbled out to the perimeter to take (and miss) a contested 3-pointer. Charlotte grabbed the rebound to seal Boston's fate: a 124-117 loss in a game the C's led by 18 points.

But rather than admit Rozier made a bone-headed play, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens insisted he deserved blame for failing to call a timeout as the play broke down.

"They're face-guarding Kyrie (Irving) at half-court," Stevens said in his postgame interview, as aired on NBC Sports Boston. "At the end of the day, that should not be on Terry. If anything, that should be on me. So, I don't blame him for that. 

"He attacked. The clock was running down, we're down three. We've seen him hit shots like that. But at the same time, if there's a finger to point to, it would be at me because we had a timeout left."

While he let Rozier off the hook for that play, Stevens still was critical of his team's shot selection during a massive 30-5 Hornets run in the fourth quarter.

"We had an 18-point lead ... and then we just started shooting shots we weren't shooting prior to, and our defense got a little more attackable," Stevens said. " ... Whenever that happens, I think you can look at it and say, 'We all could have done better.' "

It was a diplomatic answer from Stevens, who has had plenty to gripe about over a six-game stretch in which Boston has allowed 114 points or more in every contest.

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Who can become Celtics' No. 2 scorer behind Kyrie Irving?

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Who can become Celtics' No. 2 scorer behind Kyrie Irving?

All season long, Kyrie Irving has been the Celtics' top scoring option. And he has somehow elevated his offense lately, putting up at least 30 points in a career-high four straight games.

But even though the C's have great depth, with reserves like Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier — all of whom could be starting on other teams — Boston will need more offensive threats than Irving to succeed in the postseason.

So with just 10 games left in the regular season, who is best positioned to be the team's No. 2 threat in the postseason? 

“Depends on the day of the week,” one NBA scout texted NBC Sports Boston. “That’s what makes them such a hard team to figure out and because of that, a tricky team to game plan against.”

Is that an advantage for Brad Stevens or a disadvantage? A. Sherrod Blakely breaks down the most likely candidates to be the Celtics' No. 2 offensive threat in the playoffs.

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Celtics' team golf outing has plenty of hilarious highlights

Celtics' team golf outing has plenty of hilarious highlights

It's always fun to watch athletes trying to compete in other sports. Typically, athletes end up looking good in whatever sport they participate in.

However, that wasn't the case for the Boston Celtics during their recent team golf outing. Safe to say, it doesn't look like any members of the team will be going pro on that front soon based on the hilarious highlights that were shared from the event.

One of the best highlights from the outing was Terry Rozier attempting to make contact with the golf ball. After several pump fakes, this is what he was able to muster (via NBC Sports' Kwani Lewis).

Rozier looked a lot like another former NBA player who once took his talents to the golf course, Charles Barkley. For those that have seen Barkley play, that's not exactly a compliment.

Of course, rookie Robert Williams had some trouble as well. The Time Lord's end result wasn't quite as bad as Rozier, but the center had some trouble hitting the ball, as seen in this video from NBC Sports Boston.

Of course, team bonding is the most important part of this outing and not on-course performance. And it looks like the Celtics are certainly having fun at this gathering, and they definitely seem loose.

Maybe this will carry over to the court and help to improve their chemistry and energy on the floor. If they can see an uptick in both categories, it will do a lot to shift the perception around this team

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