When the Boston Celtics benched Smart due to an injury, the team was left in a dilemma of picking another reliable point guard. At the moment, the Celtics are all smiles because Terry Rozier is making big shots that are helping them sink their rivals.
The Celtics were not sure about Rozier’s ability, but when he helped them last Thursday to defeat Portland with 91-85, they realized that they were not wrong on his experience.
“I know I have the ultimate eye of confidence to take a shot down the stretch if a coach needs me to do it,” said Rozier. “I’m not afraid of taking big shots and things like that. It’s a 50-50 chance. It might go in, it might not, but I’m not scared to take it.”
It’s very unfortunate that the point guard is coming into the limelight as a reliever instead of a starter. Nonetheless, Rozier is making things happen. As a matter of fact, the Celtics were at risk of losing to Portland. It is actually during clutch time that Rozier rescued the Celtics.
Rozier argued that it would not have been possible for him to achieve such a milestone if the coaches and his mates had not given him time to showcase his skills.
“The coaches believed in me. My teammates believed in me,” Rozier confidently stated after the game. “They gave me space to make plays, and that’s what I did.”
With only 44.7 seconds to go, Rozier pulled up such an impressive stunt that helped the Celtics carry the game. The Portland defenders were determined to stop him from making a dunk. Little did they know that he was hatching another plan. And sure enough, he succeeded in sending the ball through the net by throwing a three pointer.
The point guard argued that he did not look at the clock because he knew that the game was coming to a close in a matter of seconds. He just focused on scoring. And so he did.
“I knew he was all up on me, but I didn’t know how much time was left,” Rozier said as he recalled the play. “We were kind of winding down the shot clock, so I just wanted to get it up and get a high arc and it dropped.”
Rozier summed the game up by making three free hurls in the last 16 seconds of the game. And by the last whistle, the point guard had earned 29 points. Rozier’s summer league coach, Micah Shrewsberry, was out of words. The coach termed Rozier’s performance as ‘brilliant’.
“I’m sure he’s had opportunities like that at Louisville before,” he said, “and that’s why he didn’t seem rattled when we called his number out of a timeout and told him, ‘Hey, we need a bucket right here.’”