Robert Williams, Terry Rozier exchange jerseys after Celtics-Hornets


Time Lord, Scary Terry exchange jerseys after C’s-Hornets originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Sunday’s game between the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets was a reunion of sorts at TD Garden.

While Gordon Hayward couldn’t make the trip due to a foot sprain suffered Friday, Terry Rozier and Brad Wanamaker were in the building to take on their former team. They were on the losing side as the Celtics cruised to a 116-86 victory. 

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Rozier was all smiles despite the loss as he got the chance to catch up with some old friends. The ex-C’s guard chatted with former teammates Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart after the game, and he also swapped jerseys with Robert Williams.

Rozier’s final season in Boston was Williams’ rookie year. During Williams’ postgame press conference, the Celtics big man opened up about his embrace with Rozier and what he learned from him that season.

“That’s a great feeling, seeing my brother, man. One of my big brothers I came in with,” Williams said. “He really took me under his wing and showed me what it’d be about. Always good seeing him and [Brad] Wanamaker. I wish I could’ve seen Gordon [Hayward]. It’s always good seeing old friends. …

“He just always told me you’re going to be in tough situations. Obviously, minutes-wise when I first came in I wasn’t playing a lot, but he saw the dog in me. He told me no matter the tough situation you’re in, just always have that fight in you and you’ll win in the end. So I feel like I kind of kept that mindset.”

That mindset has helped Williams put together an exceptional season with his uptick in minutes. The 23-year-old is averaging career-highs in every meaningful category including points per game (8.0), rebounds (6.8), and blocks (1.9).

Meanwhile, Rozier is doing well for himself down in Charlotte. He entered Sunday’s action averaging 20.3 points per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor.



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