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Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier has high expectations for the 2018-19 season and isn’t worried about going back to the bench.
Rozier, who started for the Celtics in the playoffs, will be the backup point guard again with Kyrie Irving healthy. The rugged defender says he’s fine with his role and only cares about winning.
“I’m not worried about it,” Rozier told Chris Forsberg of ESPN. “Kinda control what I can control. We all got one goal and that’s to win. We all get love when we win. That should be everybody’s mindset. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you want to win a championship, that’s what it’s going to take: sacrifice. We’re all going to have one goal and it’s going to lead us to the promise land.”
In 19 games during the Celtics’ postseason run, Rozier averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists while shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from three. The 24-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and will get a healthy raise next summer from the $3 million he will make this upcoming season.
With LeBron James in the Western Conference now, the Celtics are the early favorites to win the East. Rozier believes the Celtics are going to have a “special” season.
“We can be special, truly special,” Rozier said Saturday (via ESPN). “I think everybody knows that. We’ve just got to get it together and make sure everybody comes in and has that same mindset. But I feel like it’s going to be a special group.”
With both Gordon Hayward and Irving expected to be healthy, the Celtics are primed to contend for a championship. Without Irving and Hayward during the 2018 postseason, Boston took James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, so one would surmise the Celtics will be even more dangerous with its two stars back.
“The same team back from last year, adding two main guys, two main pieces, with a lot of the guys we added from this draft and re-signed,” Rozier said. “It’s special. Like I said, I don’t want to talk too much about [what the team can accomplish], but it’s going to be special.”