BOSTON- All aboard! Last week Celtics fans fawned over the impressive play of RJ Hunter; tonight, it was Terry Rozier’s turn to ride the rookie hype train.
Rozier dazzled the TD Garden crowd with a number of explosive plays that showcased why Danny Ainge selected him with the 16th pick in last year’s draft. Rozier led the team with 16 points as the Celtics rolled past the Brooklyn Nets 111-105. Amir Johnson (15 points), Kelly Olynyk (14), and Evan Turner (10) also finished in double-figures, while the Nets were led by Bojan Bogdanovic (18) and Thomas Robinson (15).
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Stud of the night: Terry Rozier
Before the game, Coach Brad Stevens noted that, ‘it’s an especially important week for Terry Rozier, having not played last week. He’ll see a lot of time over the next five days. Tonight Rozier’s elite speed and quickness was on display, as he was explosive in transition, attacking the basket with reckless abandon. Heck, even two of his misses were exciting. The Celtics first round pick finished with 16 points, knocking down all three of his attempts from three. Rozier also shot 5 of 8 from the charity stripe, something that will serve him well if he continues to get into the paint. With both he and RJ Hunter playing well this preseason, it will be very interesting to see how balances their playing time in an already guard-heavy rotation.
Dud of the night: Jared Sullinger
I only picked Sullinger because I don’t know any of the players on the Nets bench. Sullinger scored 3 points and grabbed 3 boards in 13 minutes of action. Traditional dud candidate James Young hit two threes, so the title de facto fell to Jared. Sully, we can’t all be studs, just ask Joey Fatone. To continue with the train theme I mentioned in the lede but quickly abandoned, Sullinger has a big caboose.
Vine of the night
Rozier both Shakes and Bakes #SpaghettiAndRanch
Whine of the night
The Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup. With Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young, and Jarret Jack not making the trip for the Nets, coach Lionel Hollins trotted out one of the least talented line-ups in NBA history: Donald Sloan, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanavic, Justin Harper, and Thomas Robinson. The starting unit combined for 00 points, 00 rebounds, and exactly 3.5 minutes of exciting basketball. If had to compare this Nets lineup to a Jay-Z album, it would have to be Kingdom Come. As the only projected starter, Bojan Bogdanovic thus qualifies as ‘Show Me What You Got’ IN a vacuum, he is not that great, but when surrounded by trash he looks like a semi-decent player.
Stat of the night
1:6. This is the ration of the number of Avery Bradley long two attempts to three point attempts. Although he was only 2 for 6 from beyond the arc, I cannot and will not criticize his shot selection.
@ of the night
While I appreciate the sentiment, Amir Johnson does just about everything better than the late great P.J. Brown. ( I know he’s not dead, but late-great has a nice ring to it.)
Isaiah Thomas (knee), Jae Crowder (thumb), and David Lee (strep throat) did not play due to various acute injuries. With the Celtics not practicing tomorrow, the night off will give the players two days of rest before the team practices again on Wednesday.
The Celtics will play the New York Knicks on Thursday.