Last season, the Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks faced off in the first round of the NBA playoffs. In a hard-fought, seven-game series, the Celtics emerged victorious, despite being without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. And part of that success was thanks to Terry Rozier.
Rozier stepped up in a big way and provided a spark for the Celtics last year. Part of it was fueled by an ongoing feud he had with the Bucks' point guard, Eric Bledsoe. The two were at each other for most of the series, and Rozier is expecting that battle to carry over into this season, Rozier said, per our own Chris Forsberg.
Just two competitive guys. I'm pretty sure it's going to carry over. That's the sport, that's for our fans, that's what they want and what they need. I think it's going to spice things up and make it a lot of fun.
Rozier would later elaborate on that point and while he tried to shift the focus to other parts of the game, he did confirm that there would still be bad blood between the two sides.
I said earlier, I can't wait for it. It should be a lot of fun. I'm not going to speak too much on it. I don't want to overtalk it. I'm not focused on me and him, it's about us versus the Bucks. We're going to take care of business as far as, like I said, me and him, we're two competitors. If we get cool outside the lines, whatever happened in the summer, we seen each other, whatever. We get in-between them lines, we're two guys that want to win for our teams. It's going to be there -- the bad blood is going to be there.
Given that Rozier is operating in more of a backup role in this series, he won't be spotlighted quite as much. But, if he can again motivate his teammates by playing with a lot of energy and get in Bledsoe's head, that will do a lot to help the Celtics have a better chance to stay competitive in the series.
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