Despite the fact his team has lost the first two games to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe stoked the intensity for the rest of the series when asked if he took the matchup with Celtics guard Terry Rozier personally.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart is with the team for its playoff series against Milwaukee to honor the wishes of his mother, Camellia, who told her son last week she’s been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. Smart said his mother told him to be with his squad.
For the second game in a row, Rozier torched the Bucks to the tune of 23 points, adding 8 assists and 3 rebounds Tuesday. Rozier, who scored 23 points in a Game 1 win and shook off Bledsoe near the end of regulation to give the Celtics a three-point lead, has not turned the ball over once in 78 minutes Joe Flacco Youth jersey of postseason play this year. When told of Bledsoe’s comments by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Rozier wanted no part of a back-and-forth between point guards.
Overall, Lue said that the film session didn’t make Game 1 seem like such a nightmare.
Emmanuel Sanders Mens Jersey We just got to do a better job offensively scoring the basketball and taking care of the basketball, Lue said. We can’t give up 21 points in transition. That’s where they thrive. If we can take those little easy points away, I think we’ll be fine.
Or, as Rodney Hood put it: We’ll play a lot better, I know. We can’t play any worse than we did.
Devin Hester Mens Jersey Although Davis was his usual double-double self (22 points, 13 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo finished an assist away from a triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists) in another strong playoff performance, this night belonged to Holiday. When the Blazers were able to get their sellout crowd going, it was Holiday to whom Gentry turned to slow down the Pelicans’ usual fast pace and ensure a good shot.
He’s so underrated as a guard that can do things on the floor, Gentry said. He can get to the basket against just about anybody there is, and his outside shot has really improved.
Taking advantage of New Orleans’ strong floor spacing, Holiday got wherever he wanted off the pick-and-roll, repeatedly reaching the paint to either finish himself or find an open teammate. According to ESPN Stats & Information tracking, Holiday’s 19 drives yielded 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting by himself and seven points on 3-of-4 shooting by teammates. Holiday scored 20 of his 33 points in the restricted area, shooting 10-of-14 on those attempts, and he handed out nine assists.