Atlantic Notes: Rozier, Siakam, Fisher, Raptors

Celtics guard Terry Rozier is still getting adjusted to his role off the bench, competing with Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown for minutes in Boston’s crowded backcourt. He was the team’s starting point guard in the spring when Irving was sidelined, but has been limited to just 22.7 minutes per game in 10 contests this season.

“I go from starting in the playoffs to coming off the bench … I’m pretty sure it’s not easy for nobody,” Rozier said, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “But I’m not complaining. And, if you know me, I would never be the one to complain about it.

“I would never go to the media or bring out the unhappy thing. Like I said, people that know me know I wouldn’t do that. I’ve never been a selfish type of person, selfish player. You can tell the way I play I’m all about team.

“Everything will be all right. It’s not as bad as people make it seem.”

Bill Simmons of The Ringer tweeted Thursday that Rozier was unhappy with his playing time and that Boston could look to trade him before February’s deadline. At least seven teams would have interest in trading for Rozier, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, but Rozier seems content to stay in Boston for now.

There’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Pascal Siakam‘s early season play has changed the Raptors, playing a key role in the team’s hot 10-1 start, Anisa Jamal of FanSided writes. Siakam has averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game, starting in every contest but one.
  • Derek Fisher wouldn’t have accepted the Knicks‘ head coaching job if he knew running the triangle offense was mandatory, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “I wasn’t smart enough to ask the right questions going into taking and accepting the job,” Fisher said.
  • The Raptors have remained flexible with their starting lineups, a key component to their success this season, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times writes. “We’ve got maybe eight starters and we’re giving them a chance to start every once in a while,” said coach Nick Nurse, who labeled the importance of being versatile.
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15 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Rozier, Siakam, Fisher, Raptors

  1. Reflect

    So why didn’t Derek Fisher quit when he found out? What a lame excuse.

  2. Ptn18

    Kyrie got 39 points tonight. Rozier still scored 10. Kyrie said “Thank you Boston for getting me out of Cleveland.” I’ll bet. He played on the worst team in NBA history the first time LeBron left. He decided once was enough. Very smart move for Kyrie.

  3. Ptn18

    At the time Kyrie played for them, the Cavs set the record. Byron Scott was coach. Scott was fired and hired by the Lakers where he broke the Cavs record.

    • Ptn18

      LeBron left the Cavs after the 2009-10 season. The Cavs had a franchise low 19-63 record. Scott went to the Lakers where he had an franchise worst 21-61 record. Kyrie won 21 games in 2011-12 his rookie year, a strike shortened season. He then won 24 and 33 games. These LeBron bums forget about this. The Cavs are 1-10 now. Kyrie deserved a right to not have to go through the losing a 2nd time.

        • x%sure

          What is the point to all that after a Rozier article? The Cavs sucked with Irving until LeBron came? Everyone knows that. That’s why LeBron is valued and Irving, not so much. I would say, figure it out, but you wrote it.

          Irving had a right to leave? He had 2 years left on his contract, he could have honored it for another year before dishonoring. He would have gone to the finals, albeit of course absent with injury, carried there by others like in ’15.

          • Ptn18

            I said earlier that LeBron finished no. 150 in defense. I was wrong. I looked it up on LeBron had the no. 321 defense ranking in the NBA last season. I did not read your replies and will not read your posts. As I said everything is your opinion. You are not credible. I’m a fan of all players. You are a fan of only LeBron. I’ve never seen such an obsessed person in all my years.

            • x%sure

              Look who brought Lebron up on this page for no reason. If not Dionis, then Ptn. You got the phrase “obsessed with LeBron” from who? From me, talking about you, Ptn.

  4. greg1

    Triangle had nothing to do with it Fish, you just weren’t a very good coach. That fact alone is why you have not been offered another opportunity since.

  5. greg1

    PS, got to love Siakim. Though I am a Knicks fan, I live in Toronto and watch a lot of their games. He’s just a guy who makes winning plays, super versatile and big motor. Honestly would not be shocked if he were a borderline All-Star 2-3 seasons down the road. Minus the Caboclo misstep, Ujiri has found some really nice pieces late in drafts or undrafted.

  6. formerlyz

    I wish the Heat could get Whiteside to come off the bench like Valanciunas and Kanter does. Have to give Nurse and Fiz credit for making those moves without crazy stuff going down, although Kanter should be coming off the bench regardless.

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