Terry Rozier on Celtics' Game 3 Loss: 'We Needed to Get Our Butts Whipped'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2018

Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier in action during Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier saw a silver lining in Saturday's 116-86 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

"We needed to get our butts whipped, come back to reality," Rozier said after the game, per The Athletic's Jay King.

This was unquestionably Boston's worst performance of the series. The Celtics shot 6-of-22 from beyond the arc, and they were unable to shut down Cleveland's perimeter shooting. The Cavaliers' 17 made three-pointers were three more than they had in the first two games combined.

Boston won Game 1 by 25 points and outscored Cleveland by 20 points in the second half of Game 2 to pull away late. The Cavs were going to have a strong response sooner or later, and Saturday's loss could be beneficial in helping head coach Brad Stevens identify the issues he and his staff need to address to wrap up the series.

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