The Celtics managed to win all four of their home games in the first round to earn a 4-3 series win over the Milwaukee Bucks and punch their ticket for a second round tilt with the 76ers.
Boston managed to topple the Bucks despite injuries to their stars thanks in large part to the efforts of their young core on the perimeter of Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum. Rozier, in particular, was a spark plug for the Celtics early in the series as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead, as he lit up the Bucks and dominated the point guard matchup with Eric Bledsoe.
Those two shared a war of words, with Rozier “accidentally” referring to him as “Drew Bledsoe” prior to the series. Eric Bledsoe was asked about the Rozier matchup after the first two games and responded by asking “who?” and that he didn’t know “who the f*ck” that was. It was one of the strangest playoff beefs and one that Rozier won handily on the court.
On Monday, Rozier sent one final parting shot at the basketball playing Bledsoe by rocking a New England Patriots Drew Bledsoe jersey to Game 1 of Sixers-Celtics, sending a not-so-subtle message about who won their point guard battle.
It’s a funny little gesture from Rozier to put a bow on that beef, but now he must turn his attention to a much taller task (literally and figuratively) in how to handle a matchup with the Sixers and point guard Ben Simmons. He likely won’t be going head-to-head with Simmons in the sense of the two guarding each other, as one of their longer perimeter players figures to draw that assignment, but Rozier continuing his strong play will be critical to Boston having a chance at the conference finals.