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Terry Rozier pinpoints shot that led to birth of Scary Terry nickname with Celtics

John Tomase
September 17, 2018 - 11:05 am

Ever wonder where the "Scary Terry" nickname came from for Terry Rozier? Allow the Celtics guard to explain.

In a lengthy interview with GQ -- how many backup point guards get those? -- Rozier pointed to the exact shot that spawned the name and sold 10,000 t-shirts. It was his steal and dunk at the buzzer to beat the Pacers in Indianapolis last winter.

From the interview:

I love scary movies (and) Scream is my favorite. The way he talks on the phone, talks stuff and all that. (Then) the season plays out, we play Indiana Pacers and I got that last steal and dunk. People started calling me Scary Terry around that time. I was in L.A. and one of the guys in my agency who does marketing sent me shirts. It had the Jason mask on there. And I was like, “We need to get the Scream mask on there.” Then, around the time the playoffs, we started selling them out.

People don't know that I don't really like the name Scary Terry. I like it when the fans call me it. But outside of basketball, none of my friends call me Scary Terry. But I don't want nobody to think it was just for that year. I feel like it's kind of my name in the league now.

So there you have it. With Kyrie Irving's future beyond this season up in the air -- the Knicks are expected to make an aggressive push -- Scary Terry could have value in Boston well into the future. In the meantime, here's a look at the shot that started it all.