Jaylen Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points and the Celtics pulled away into second half to earn a 120-106 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night.
Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier downplayed any bad blood with Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe and suggested that referring to him as "Drew" during a news conference after Game 1 was simply an accident. Meanwhile, Terry Rozier finished with 23 points while Marcus Morris chipped in with 18 off the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the loss. An 11-point, first-quarter lead swelled to 20 in the third quarter, with Boston outworking, outsmarting and out-executing a Bucks team that for 43 minutes had the best player on the floor.
The Celtics will now head to Milwaukee as the series shifts to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for games three and four, starting on Friday night. The Celtics do not have many ball handlers, and they are going to have to lean on Rozier no matter how he is playing. "Again, first-quarter differential, similar to the other night". He's the dude who's been busting your team, and you in particular, up for the past two games, helping get a Celtics team that seemed like the likeliest upset bet in Round 1 to within two games of Round 2. Parker has barely played, lodging less than 25 minutes and scoring just two points on 1-of-7 shooting. After two games, the former United Kingdom guard has a situation building with former Louisville Cardinal Terry Rozier. Shane Larkin also had 11 points to score double-digits in a playoff game for the first time in his National Basketball Association career. "We would've loved him to have had more game time [in the lead up], one game is not a lot, but he's worked extremely hard [to be healthy]".
Brown drove for a free throw out of the pause when Bledsoe shook loose to make it a 13-point game. A minute into his first career playoff game, in came Yabusele, hurling his body out of bounds to save a loose ball, flipping it back to Rozier for an open three.
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Boston came out with a blistering energy for Game 2 that mostly held from the opening tap all the way to the half. It doesn't help that the hoarding of players with long wingspans failed to create an elite defense.
"I don't even know who the fuck that is", Bledsoe said.
Despite not being able to take to the floor alongside his teammates in the playoffs, Irving is still having a positive effect on them and helping them to win games.