Terry Rozier outscored "The King," LeBron James, last night. Yes you read that correctly. LeBron dropped in 19 points, while Rozier tallied 20 points in the Boston Celtics 102-88 win over Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
Rozier, or as I LOVE to call him "Terry Takeover" shot a great percentage from the field, as he went 8-for-12 and 4-for-6 from behind the arc.
People, for some reason, have knocked Terry Takeover since the Celtics drafted him at 16th overall back in 2015. It was a overall, "who is this guy?" vibe that went out through the Celtics fanbase. In fact, I may have been the only one at the draft party I attended that actually knew anything about him. Though, admittedly, I was not as attached to him then as I am now. That said, the minute I saw him play I began to love his game.
One person I'd like to mention is Guy Boston Sports' Editor-in-Chief, Kenny Doyle. Kenny was never a Terry Rozier fan, for reasons I could honestly understand. Rozier had never proven himself to anyone that once knocked him. However, the tide has begun to change... and I think last night was just what Kenny needed to see in order to jump on the Terry Takeover wagon.
I am sure that Kenny was not the only one out there that was impressed with Rozier's play. It was his second 20 or more points scoring night of his career. Both of which have come this season. The first being his career-high 23-point night vs Orlando in November.
Rozier is going to be a tremendous player one day. Think about it. He went from a "who is this guy?" draft pick, to a guy Brad Stevens trusted on the floor in 2016-17, and now to a guy that is actually a crucial part to the team's success.
Last night's game was a game that had a playoff-like feel to many people and one of the only guys that stepped up to the plate was Terry Rozier. With other names like LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum all playing, Rozier was the leading scorer amongst them all. That should not go overlooked.
From a team perspective, this win was an absolute statement game. The Celtics defended their home AND split the current season series (still one more (third) game to be played in Feb) with Cleveland. Had the Celtics lost last night, the Cavs would've been in control of the tie-breaker, they would've had two out of three wins after the first two games played.
Big win for the team, an even bigger night for Terry Takeover.