Terry Rozier paid tribute to former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe before the Boston Celtics began their second round playoff series on Monday night, but anyone who has been paying attention to the NBA postseason knows there was a lot more to it than that.
After the Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1, Rozier was asked about the significance of wearing a Bledsoe jersey. He played coy.
“I got love for my man Drew Bledsoe,” Rozier said with a big smile. “Even though we haven’t talked, I think he knows who I am and I know who he is, so that’s all that matters.”
Of course, Rozier was really taking a shot at Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe. The two players went back and forth both on and off the court in their seven-game series, and the feud really heated up when Bledsoe pretended to not know who Rozier is. A couple of on-court scuffles followed, but Bledsoe and Rozier ultimately gave each other respect once the series ended.
Had the Celtics lost to the Sixers on Monday, you might be able to make an argument that Rozier was too focused on last series and needs to move forward. But considering he scored a team-high 29 points to go along with eight assists, we can probably say Bledsoe’s words are still motivating Rozier.
Things got heated at times between Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier and his Milwaukee Bucks counterpart Eric Bledsoe during the East quarterfinals, but there was mutual praise after the series concluded.
Rozier’s Celtics won game 7, but he had praise for Bledsoe, who scored 23 points in the losing effort.
“You have two guys that want to win, two chippy guys, two short point guards,” Rozier said, via Chris Forsberg of ESPN. “If it takes for us to go back and forth, jaw back and forth, battle, push each other, that’s part of the game. We talked after the game.”
“I mean, it’s the playoffs,” the Bucks guard said. “What, you expect us to be out there shaking hands, giving out hugs the whole time? S— ain’t gonna happen. He had a helluva series, man. I’ve got to take my hat off to him.”
Rozier and Bledsoe’s playoff rivalry included an on-court scuffle and plenty of off-the-court trolling. They may not be on good terms, but there’s mutual respect.
Marcus Morris thinks that the stars aligned to serve Eric Bledsoe his L.
Speaking with reporters Saturday after his Boston Celtics eliminated Bledsoe’s Milwaukee Bucks with a win in Game 7 of their first-round series, Morris was asked about teammate Terry Rozier’s big performance (26 points on five 3s). Morris replied that Bledsoe, who had been feuding with Rozier throughout the series, got what was coming to him, per Tom Westerholm of MassLive.
Bledsoe, who was actually teammates with Morris on the Phoenix Suns from 2013 to 2015, found himself in a war of words (and fisticuffs) with Rozier, his matchup at the point guard position, from the very start. Rozier got the best of him though by putting up better individual stats and by winning the series.
All in all, it definitely qualified as a day to forget for Bledsoe, who was also taunted hilariously by the Boston crowd during the season-ending loss.
Boston Celtics fans decided to return the favor to Eric Bledsoe during Game 7 of the team’s playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
Bledsoe has been in a beef with Boston’s Terry Rozier during the series, even feigning to not know who Rozier was.
So when Bledsoe got a technical in the first half, Celtics fans taunted him with a “who is Bledsoe?” chant.
They did more of it later in the second quarter.
Bledsoe started things with his disrespectful interview about Rozier. Rozier later returned the favor on Instagram. Now it’s Celtics fans getting in on the act.
Terry Rozier can’t stop clowning Milwaukee Bucks counterpart Eric Bledsoe.
The Boston Celtics guard, who has been matched up against Bledsoe in their first-round series, started some beef when he called him “Drew Bledsoe” (after the retired NFL QB) in a postgame press conference. That led to Bledsoe firing back and claiming that he didn’t know who Rozier was after the next game.
On Wednesday, Rozier doubled down on the taunt in spectacular fashion when the New England Patriots posted a picture of the actual Drew Bledsoe, who played with them for nine seasons, to their Instagram page. Rozier “liked” the post and left a comment that simply read, “My guy.”
The Celtics are now up 3-2 on the Bucks, and Tuesday’s Game 5 proved that the bad blood between the two players is very real. Rozier (16.2 points per game, 6.6 assists per game) has gotten the better of Bledsoe (12.6 ppg, 4.0 apg) on the court in the series, and now that appears to be true off of it as well.
The Eric Bledsoe and Terry Rozier beef came to a head on Tuesday night.
Bledsoe and Rozier got into a scuffle during the third quarter of Game 5 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. The two shoved each other multiple times as Rozier was trying to run towards the baseline during an offensive possession. Bledsoe nailed Rozier with a football-type hit, which resulted in Rozier tossing him.
The two were called for double technical fouls for the incident, but nobody was ejected.
This scrap seemed to be brewing for a while. Bledsoe disrespected Rozier with comments made a week ago, indicated there was bad blood between them.
Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier isn’t getting riled up over the disrespectful comments of one of his counterparts.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe pretended to not know who Rozier was after struggling against him in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, but Rozier didn’t devote much thought to that, saying he was already fired up for the playoffs before Bledsoe’s comments.
The stats are on Rozier’s side here. The Celtics guard has scored 23 and 22 in the first two games of the series, with both performances coming before Bledsoe’s random act of disrespect. This is frustration on the part of the Bucks guard, and it doesn’t seem to serve much of a purpose.
Eric Bledsoe had some disrespectful comments for Terry Rozier following Game 2 of the first round playoff series between Boston and Milwaukee.
The Celtics took a 2-0 lead in their series with the Bucks on Tuesday thanks to a 120-106 victory in Boston. Following the game, Bledsoe dismissed Rozier and his impact in the first two games of the series. He was asked about his matchup with Rozier and pretended like he didn’t know him.
Rozier scored 23 points in Game 2. In Game 1, he also scored 23 and had this step-back jumper with Bledsoe guarding him.
Bledsoe is obviously frustrated with his team’s performance thus far in these playoffs, but he comes off rather salty when dismissing a guy who has had a great first two games of the series. Maybe that Kentucky-Louisville rivalry is not lost on him.
The Phoenix Suns are reportedly finalizing a deal to send guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for center Greg Monroe, a first-round draft pick and a second-round pick.
The talented but frustrated Bledsoe has not played since an October 22 tweet in which he stated “I don’t wanna be here.”
Bledsoe met with the Suns after the tweet and suggested it was directed at a hair salon he frequented, but management did not buy that excuse and announced he would not be with the team moving forward. Bledsoe had also previously requested a trade.
For the young and talented Bucks, the move is rather exciting given that Bledsoe would potentially fortify their chances in a wide open Eastern Conference and add a piece to the puzzle they’re currently missing. At the same time, Bledsoe obviously wears his emotions on his sleeve and can, at times, be a real distraction.
Bledsoe is not expected to join the Bucks until Wednesday night in San Antonio. In the mean time, the two teams are finalizing medical evaluations on each player involved before officially submitting the trade to the league.
ESPN also reports there would be lottery protections on the first-round pick involved in the trade.
Last season, the 27-year-old Bledsoe averaged career highs in points (21.1), assists (6.3) and rebounds (4.8).
Eric Bledsoe will probably never play in another game with the Phoenix Suns, but he will at least still be allowed around the team to keep himself in shape, according to a report.
Shams Charania of the Vertical reported Sunday that Bledsoe is planning to return to the team and work out with staff this week in order to keep himself in shape as the Suns seek to find an acceptable trade.
The relationship between Bledsoe and Suns’ upper management seems to be pretty much poisoned at this point, but everyone involved likely knows it would be for the best if Bledsoe is kept ready to go for whenever a trade is actually consummated. That should only be a matter of time.