Milwaukee Bucks' Guardian Eric Bledsoe issued the following proclamation on his Celtics counterpart Terry Rozier after losing 120: 06 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
I asked Eric Bledsoe about Terry Rozier's strong start to the series and whether he makes the match personal. He answered, "Who?" I said "Terry Rozier."
Bledsoe: "I do not even know who the $ @% # is."
– Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) April 18, 2018
Obviously, Terry Rozier is the guy who played Bledsoe in Bledsoe 23 and 8 on Bledsoe. EB knows for sure, because Rozier is the same guy who has buried critical jumping shots in Game 1 of his series barely two days ago.
Some took this as retaliation for the Third Year Guard, who earlier mentioned Bledsoe as "Drew Bledsoe" earlier in the series. While Drew Bledsoe is a good NFL quarterback and a supplier of well-preserved Cabernets, he's definitely not the start-point guard for the Bucks.
The NBA is so very, very petty.
Nevertheless, Bledsoe's Diss opens an interesting series of questions. Really, who is the $ @% # Terry Rozier? It's not that most people outside the Greater Boston area have Terry Rozier in the breakout star of the first round.
And yet, Rozier has shot 46 points to 47 percent shooting at exactly zero turnovers in the first two games of the series, both winning for the Celtics. We all may want to become more familiar with the $ @% #.
Rozier was drafted in 2015, the same year the Celtics tried to take over Justice Winslow. The effects of this failed effort have been reflected for years. The advertised offer included no fewer than four first graders, including one of the sainted Brooklyn picks, and would definitely have included the pick that produced Rozier.
"In the long run, it may be the best," said Danny Ainge after his trading plan split.
These Brooklyn picks produced Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kyrie Irving (not all directly, but let's not complicate things). Rozier has taken Irving's place in the starting eleven. Brown was phenomenal with an average of 25 and five boards, while Tatum made a Julius Erving worthy move at a critical moment of Game 1.
So, things have evolved for Ainge and the Celtics.
Mentioning Arounds draft for a record the Rozier selection was heavily criticized at the time as a classic Danny range. Most mocks had Rozier late in the first round, if not the second. Not that conventional wisdom ever really played a role in Ainges' process. The election of Jaylen Brown has also become widespread.
During the rebuilding of the Celtics after trading with Kevin Garnett / Paul Pierce, Ainge designed Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart, Rozier, Brown and Tatum. He also filled out the bench with players like Gauerschon (The Dancing Bear) Yabasule, Abdel Nader, Semi Ojeleye and Jabari Bird.
There were also selections that James Young and R.J. Hunter, as well as a selection that Giannis Antetokounmpo has not yielded. Ainge & # 39; s draft story is endlessly fascinating.
Rozier did not play much as a rookie Spent so much time in Maine with the Red Claws in the D-League as he did with the C & # 39; s. Rozier sightings were rare this year, but they were tended to be full of high-wire drama balancing between the sublime and the absurd.
One never knew what they would see of Rozier, but it was guaranteed something . That's how the Terry Rozier Experience was born.
He began carving a role in his second year as part of a crowded backcourt which also included Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Smart. There would be strangely brilliant performances, followed by painful abstract clothes.
Rozier's shot was inconsistent and he had more setbacks than assists, which made him a mystery. But what a fascinating puzzle! Rozier's exploits gained cult status under Celtic's Twitter, which is a strange cult in and of itself, but his game has largely gone unnoticed by the larger basketball community.
Rozier made a massive leap in his third season and pushed himself into an outstanding role. His games were still unpredictable, but tended to yield positive results.
In a Celtics tradition dating back to Tony Allen's days before the Grindfather, Rozier was a backcourt chaos conductor of the highest order. He liked nothing better than to fly in to defensive rebounds and start a one-man fast-break with his shirt tail, which loosened behind him and fluttered.
What would happen next? Who knows, who cares something big should happen. Strange Celtics Twitter called him Tito for reasons no one ever wanted to explain, but then he took Scary Terry and Scary Terry.
After Scary Terry Rozier a funny thing happened after Irving and Smart were torn from the lineup: He became a very solid NBA point guard. In all his energy work, Rozier rarely turns the ball over. His revenue is similar to that of Mike Conley, the notorious Memphis Guardian. Although he was still unstable as a finisher, Rozier's outdoor attitudes improved dramatically.
He also liked being a beginner, where he was on average 15-6-5 and helped his game on a West Coast trip to stabilize the Celtics while injuries piled up around them. Terry Rozier became a player in this league which makes things very interesting this summer when Smart chooses a restricted free agency.
But let us not be ahead of things.
So, who is Terry Rozier? He's the guy who's just destroyed the Bucks. But you already knew that.