Terry Rozier. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Terry Rozier thrived as a starter after All-Star Kyrie Irving's season-ending injury last year, so it's really no surprise he's taken advantage of those limited opportunities again this season.
In three starts, including Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves, the guard is averaging 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists on 57 percent shooting--47 percent from long-range. He's done that in 33 minutes per.
In 34 games off the bench, Rozier's been limited to 22 minutes per, and his production's dropped to 8 points, 4 boards, and 3 dimes, and his shooting rate's plummeted to 37 percent overall and 35 percent from 3.
What's Rozier's goal as a starter?
"Just to go out there and play hard," he said. "My coaches and my teammates do a great job of giving me that confidence."
Irving will miss tonight's match-up with the Mavericks at the Garden because eye inflammation, so Rozier will get the nod again with rookie sensation Luka Doncic on the other side.
Aron Baynes is out again, and Marcus Morris and Robert Williams are also dealing with injuries.
Tip-off at 8.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports