LeBron James made a great block on a Terry Rozier dunk attempt in the third quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, though some say a foul was committed.
James baited Rozier into going up for a fastbreak dunk attempt, slowly waiting and timing things perfectly for a block attempt. James got the block to keep Rozier off the scoreboard.
Fans loved the effort by LeBron.
And then there were those who thought it was a foul.
We’re through two rounds of the NBA playoffs, and we’ve seen some outstanding performances across the league. Some of them come from the sources you would expect, while others have been more unlikely and surprising. Some didn’t even last that long, but were so impressive that they have earned the recognition.
Here are ten players who have stood out above the others during the NBA playoffs thus far.
The Drew Bledsoe/Terry Rozier bromance could be headed for another awesome twist.
The former New England Patriots quarterback attended Game 5 of the Boston Celtics’ series-clinching win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. He went because he’s become a storyline this postseason thanks to Rozier.
The two met before the game and have plans to hang out after Boston’s season ends. Some of those plans could even turn into a wine made by Bledsoe’s winery in Washington.
Bledsoe spoke with the media after the game and teased a potential collaboration with Rozier on a “Terry Rosè” wine.
The best part was Bledsoe saying the wine would have a “great finish.” The man sure knows how to market.
Who knew that Drew Bledsoe would become such a big figure during these NBA playoffs?
The former New England Patriots quarterback was in attendance for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Bledsoe has received renewed attention thanks to Terry Rozier.
After Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe pretended not to know who Rozier was during their first-round series, Rozier responded by calling Eric Bledsoe “Drew”. He even wore a Drew Bledsoe jersey to troll Eric.
Last week Drew wore a “Scary Terry” T-shirt to support Rozier. On Wednesday, he attended the game and met with Rozier beforehand.
TNT reported that Bledsoe appreciated Rozier giving him some love and that the two plan to get together after the playoffs end. As for the shirt Bledsoe was wearing this time, it represents his winery, Doubleback Winery in Washington.
Terry Rozier and Joel Embiid were called for double technical fouls late in the second quarter of Game 4 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics on Monday after a scuffle.
Rozier had swiped JJ Redick in the face, which Embiid didn’t like. Rozier was called for a foul and while he was standing around, Embiid reached for the ball. A scuffle between the two ensued, with Rozier shoving Embiid.
Officials reviewed the play and handed out technical fouls to both players.
Any beef between the two might be short-lived considering the Celtics lead the series 3-0 and are looking to end things soon.
Drew Bledsoe is earning some extra points in Boston with his wardrobe choice.
The former New England Patriots quarterback shared a photo on Instagram Thursday that showed him wearing a “Scary Terry” T-shirt in support of Terry Rozier. He posted the photo while the Boston Celtics were taking on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Bledsoe has oddly become an interesting part of this postseason.
During Boston’s first-round series against Milwaukee, Eric Bledsoe pretended not to know who Rozier was. Rozier responded by calling Eric “Drew” after the former Patriots quarterback. He even wore a Drew Bledsoe jersey to the arena before Game 1 of the Celtics-76ers series.
Clearly Drew Bledsoe knows what is going on, and he has shown his support for Scary Terry.
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.
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.