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Celtics Preseason Notes: Rozier to Miss a Week

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According to Mark Murphy at the Herald, Terry Rozier will miss the next week with a minor knee issue.  Tough break for the kid who it seems everyone is jumping on as one of Ainge’s steals of the recent draft.  From the sounds of it nothing too major, so would seem like Terry will be ready to go before long.

“Just a bone bruise, that’s it, nothing serious, swelling,” Rozier said before today’s practice. “I’m out for a couple of days, but I’m in the pool doing pool work, I’m on the bike, just slowly working back into it. I’m not playing for the rest of this week.”

Also Chris Forsberg at ESPN brings up a good point in that the Celtics have only 5 bigs to fill up what Stevens refers to as using four big men a night in a ten man rotation.  The big men currently on the roster are David Lee, Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, David Lee and Jared Sullinger.  Forsberg omits Jerebko because of his usage, but whatever way you cut it, the Celtics are going to have to play small this year.  And we all know about Sully’s issues.

“My thought right now is we wouldn’t play more than four on most nights,” Stevens said before the team’s practice Monday. “So whoever those four might be may depend on the night, it may depend on how they are playing, it may depend on who is healthy. All that other stuff.

Perry Jones had been out of action due to a death in the family, and could ultimately be the odd man out on the Celtics roster. A Sherrod Blakely thinks that Jones has the skills to make the team but it still remains to be seen whether Jones can hang on:

Boston swung a trade with Oklahoma City for him during the offseason, a deal they were open to making because of Jones’ tremendous upside. Although he has the size and bulk to play power forward in the NBA, Jones has the talent and skills to play on the perimeter as well where his size creates major matchup problems for opponents.  Making matters even tougher for Jones to make the team is the fact that head coach Brad Stevens plans to use just four big men most nights despite having a roster that’s at least six-deep at the power forward/center positions.

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