Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier has sent a terse message to his team's detractors: "Shut up".
Rozier scored 15 points in his 25 minutes as the Celtics routed the Chicago Bulls 133-177 on Saturday night, the worst loss in their history, with the side losing by a 56-point margin.
Boston, meanwhile, has improved their record to 15-10 with their fifth straight win, the sixth in their last seven games, and are now up to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Celtics are winning fans over again after their disappointing start to the 2018-19 campaign. But Rozier isn't hanging with anyone who was quick to write them off.
"It's been very good for us. We won our last couple of games, so we wanna keep it going. Everybody can shut up because everybody has been very annoying when we've been losing. Very annoying," he said via NBC Sports Boston.
Everything seems right again on Brad Stevens' green Earth. And Rozier can't really blame the doubters, although anyone thinking a team as good as the Celtics could fail to make it to the playoffs would have been sorely misguided.
They did disappoint, however, especially after being touted as the best team in the East and one of the sides who will be going to the NBA Finals at the end of the season.
The Celtics wowed the entire NBA after stretching their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games without their biggest names. But things didn't immediately get better after Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returned.
What This Means
Getting the two stars to fit into an already smoothly running set-up was quite difficult for Stevens and he has had to try different lineups and rotations. It finally feels like things are falling into place, however.
The Celtics are likely going to lose a few games here and there. However, their confidence and swagger seem to be back and, come playoff time, they could be in that rich patch that saw them nearly topple the conference last term.