Celtics roll past Bucks, take 2-0 series lead

Celtics roll past Bucks, take 2-0 series lead

Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier turned down any rumors of beef between him and Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe, after the latter was asked about the former during a post-game interview.

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) passes the ball past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

And the Bucks' defensive effort was nearly non-existent, especially against Boston point guard Terry Rozier, who matched his Game 1 total with 23 points.

Milwaukee got 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists from Giannis Antetokounmpo.

He finished with just two points in 15 minutes off the Bucks bench as head coach Joe Prunty opted to go big with John Henson for most the game.

In Tuesday's Game 2 win, Rozier again paced the Celtics with 23 points, but in postgame interviews, the Cleveland native still apparently hasn't gained Bledsoe's respect.

"We just got to keep fighting, playing as a team".

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Lest it get lost in the shuffle, the Celtics beat the Bucks by 14 points on Tuesday night despite Milwaukee shooting 59.7 percent (plus 41.2 on 3s) from the field. Khris Middleton has been good but more is needed out of players like Eric Bledsoe and Tony Snell.

The question now is whether they can come up with a similarly strong effort offensively for the second game in a row. He proves he can take whatever roster he has and make magic out of them (See Isaiah Thomas).

Game 3 is Thursday as the series shifts to San Antonio.

The Celtics knew they'd need their younger players to step up this postseason with Kyrie Irving sidelined for the postseason. But Rozier has already showed he can be trusted in any situation - even in the final moments of the game.

The teams have soared past the total in each of the first two games in the series. Milwaukee is becoming overly reliant on two guys and it's cost them in the first two games of the series. The Celtics can let Antetokounmpo and Middleton score 30 plus points each as long as the supporting cast does nothing, and if this is the case the Celtics will win this series easily. However, he must prove he can play reliable minutes against a well-drilled Celtics team that can expose his defensive deficiencies.

After the game, Bledsoe was asked about his matchup with Rozier, and he claimed to have no idea who Rozier was.

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