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I think we all remember the three games that Terry Rozier started in this season. In the first, his first ever start as an NBA player, he put up a triple double that consisted of 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. In the next game, he dropped 31 points with 7 rebounds. His final game was a solid performance of 11 points, 6 rebound, and 5 assists, which rounded off his time as a starter with an average of 19.7 points, 8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. Those are All-Star numbers. And please, save me your irrational Al Horford takes.

Since that first start, Terry has been feeling it. In the 14 games since that 30 point victory over the New York Knicks, Rozier has scored double-digit points in every game, and has averaged 15.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists on 43.6% shooting from the field and 47.4% from deep. 

If Terry can do that again tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, then he'll own the Celtics' season record as a reserve for double-digit scoring. Right now, he's tied with Marcus Morris at eleven games. If it happens tonight, it will be his twelfth straight game with double-digit points coming off of the bench.

His stats have increased by a large margin since January ended. In the season's first fourth months, Rozier averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists on 38.9% shooting. Since February began, he's put up 15.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, and that's excluding his triple-double night, which happened on the last night in January.

Of course, this spike in numbers has a lot to do with the amount of time that he sees on the court. He's gotten over five extra minutes of floor time in the past thirteen games, a rise from 23.5 minutes to 28.8 minutes.

Another bench-streak from Terry:
It will be interesting to see what Danny Ainge and the Celtics decide to do with Terry when his contract expires after next season. The Celtics will surely put in a qualifying offer of just over four million dollars, but my guess is that he'll receive higher bids from teams across the league. He may be out of the Cs' price range if he keeps doing stuff like this.

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Sean Waukewan 3/08/2018 08:04:00 PM Edit
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