Terry Rozier admits Celtics put ‘a lot of stuff' behind them for playoffs


Everyone knows about the Boston Celtics' tumultuous regular season -- in part because they've had no problem talking about it.

Following the Celtics' statement win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their second-round NBA playoff series, point guard Terry Rozier made another reference to the locker room strife that plagued Boston throughout the season.

"I'll just say a lot of people put things that they were going through during the season behind them and we all looked at that big awesome goal at the end, so we're just clicking," Rozier told Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill on Sunday. 

"We were going through a lot of stuff during the season … dealing with a lot of guys battling one another for spots and stuff. But I feel like we put everything behind us."

The Celtics' chemistry issues have been an open secret, as Rozier was one of several Celtics players who had to adapt to reduced roles with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returning from injury this season.

Those issues clearly affected Boston's play during the regular season, its worst campaign since 2015-16. But as Rozier points out, the C's have either resolved their differences or just chosen to forget about them, and the result has been eye-opening: Five consecutive wins to begin the 2019 postseason.

Even still, Rozier told Goodwill the playoff version of these Celtics remains an enigma.

"I don't really know our identity,” Rozier added. “I can't make it up in one word. I'd say we’re … pretty interesting."

Through five games, "pretty interesting" is working quite well.

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