Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said rookie Terry Rozier will miss 3-5 days due to swelling in his left knee. Jonas Jerebko (illness) also missed practice; Perry Jones (personal reasons) expected back with the team on Monday.
Rozier did not practice Sunday. As his teammates ended the session with shooting and conditioning work, the guard walked along the sideline with a wrap on his knee, moving well enough to celebrate an exciting finish to the drill.
Stevens did not explain what caused the swelling, but knee tendinitis has bothered Rozier periodically since his time at Louisville. Over the offseason, he said the issue popped up again after he competed for the Celtics in two summer leagues.
It's a little concerning that this injury seems to be a chronic thing. One wonders if eventually a surgery will be in Rozier's future to clean up his knee issues (could be just a minor surgery). Danny Ainge hasn't been hesitant to draft players he likes with some injury red flags. Jared Sullinger came with a bad back and James Young had also just been injured in a car accident prior to the 2014 draft.
Personally, I'd be disappointed to not see much of Rozier on the court for the Celtics this season. He showed me enough in Summer League to earn playing time in the regular season. It might not come until another player misses some time with an injury, but I'd be surprised if Rozier got as little burn as James Young did last season. Both players are solid athletes, but Rozier is more NBA ready.
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