Sounds Like Kyrie Irving Wasn't Only Selfish Celtic in Locker Room

Max Staley
Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks - Game One
Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks - Game One / Dylan Buell
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After Marcus Morris drilled a 3-point shot, the Boston Celtics held a one-point lead with 1:03 left in the first quarter of Game 5. Unfortunately for Boston, that was the last lead they would hold. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks' swarming defense stormed back to win, 116-91.

For a team seemingly oozing with talent, a gentleman's sweep in the second round is likely not how the Celtics envisioned going out. But perhaps we should've seen this coming.

Quotes from players and coaches pointed to team chemistry issues all season, as Boston struggled to reintegrate All-Stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving into the lineup. But one player felt particularly slighted.

Frankly, it's hard to blame Terry Rozier for feeling this way. In last year's NBA Playoffs, Rozier was Boston's lead guard with Irving out due to a knee injury. Rozier more than delivered, leading the upstart Celtics in an impressive postseason run that fell just one win short of reaching the 2018 NBA Finals.

But this season, all of those young players had to take a backseat, particularly Rozier, who went from playing huge minutes on the NBA's biggest stage to averaging 17.2 minutes per game this series.

This experience also evidently soured Rozier on the idea of returning to Boston next season.

With Irving and Al Horford's future in Boston seemingly up in the air, the Celtics have a lot of work to do this offseason.


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