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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics lose double overtime thriller to Wizards

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics lose double overtime thriller to Wizards

1:07 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins from the TD Garden to break down the Celtics double overtime loss to the Wizards with most of their starters injured and explains why it was one of his favorite games of the year.

4:40 - Gary Tanguay, Mike Giardi, and Tom E. Curran discuss the Patriots losing multiple key players such as Nate Solder, Dion Lewis, Malcolm Butler, and Danny Amendola, and talk about how it will impact the team and Brady’s future.

10:31 - Giardi and Phil Perry look at the best remaining free agents, if there would be any interest in signing with the Patriots, and if they would be a good fit.

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Rozier: Dust-up with Bledsoe 'just part of basketball'

Rozier: Dust-up with Bledsoe 'just part of basketball'

BOSTON -- For most of this first-round series, one of the most intriguing subplots has been the war of words between Boston’s Terry Rozier and Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe.

It began with Rozier mistakenly referring to Bledsoe as “Drew” Bledsoe, the former quarterback of the New England Patriots.

After Rozier had 23 points in Boston’s Game 2 win, Bledsoe was asked about Rozier.

“Who? I don’t know who the (bleep) that is,” Bledsoe said at the time.

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And ever since then, you got the sense that at some point, tempers would boil over.

Their chippy talk led to some chippy action in the third quarter of Boston’s 92-87 Game 5 win on Tuesday night.

With Boston with the ball and leading 52-39, Rozier and Bledsoe exchanged a pair of shoulder bumps, the last of which, from Bledsoe, knocked Rozier towards the baseline out of bounds. That led to Rozier grabbing Bledsoe and tossing him towards official Pat Fraher.

After reviewing the incident, Rozier was called for a technical foul, and Bledsoe was hit with a flagrant-1 penalty that awarded Rozier and the Celtics two free throws and they maintained possession of the ball.

Al Horford was on the floor at the time of the Rozier-Bledsoe dust-up.

“Yeah, emotions are running high, Game 5, both teams are going for it and for our group the biggest thing is just to focus on basketball,” Horford said. “Keep playing and not getting caught up in all of that side stuff.”

Rozier readily admits that this series has become a bit more testy with each passing game, a byproduct of two highly competitive teams wanting the same thing -- to move on to the next round of play.

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“That’s why I never overreact,” Rozier told NBC Sports Boston after the game. “Where I’m from, this is normal. That’s why I say, we’re out there having fun; two teams that just want to win. It’s all fun to me.”

And as far as the third quarter incident involving him and Bledsoe, Rozier shrugged it off as not being that big a deal.

“It’s just him being aggressive,” said Rozier who like Bledsoe, finished with 16 points in Game 5. “It’s all good; it’s part of basketball.”

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Bucks none too pleased with non-call late in Game 5

Bucks none too pleased with non-call late in Game 5

BOSTON – We’re getting to that point where every call and non-call on the floor is magnified in this Boston-Milwaukee series because of what’s at stake. 

That’s in part why the Bucks were livid about what they believe was a late-game non-call that factored heavily in their 92-87 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series with Boston up 3-2 with a chance to close out the series in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Boston had possession of the ball leading 84-79 with about 90 seconds to play. 

The Bucks, frantically trying to get a defensive stop and the ball back in order to try and make it a one-possession game, kept the Celtics from getting any clean looks. 

And the result of that was a hurried 3-point shot by Al Horford that appeared to have been released after the shot clock expired and thus should have been a 24-second violation. 

However, there was no call made and the missed shot was tipped out by Semi Ojeleye to Terry Rozier who was fouled. 

Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty said he was given an explanation for the play, but said, “not a good enough one. I was asking for a shot clock violation. I didn’t think he got the ball off, so I said, ‘that’s a shot clock violation.’ That was my discussion.”

Associated Press reporter Kyle Hightower was a pool reporter and asked the lead official Ken Mauer why Horford’s shot was not reviewed. 

“The rule states that under two minutes we are not allowed to review a potential 24-second violation unless the ball goes in the basket,” Mauer said.

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