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Terry Rozier makes one last statement in feud with Eric Bledsoe

Terry Rozier said the Drew Bledsoe jersey he wore to TD Garden Monday came from :a long-lost friend.”
Terry Rozier said the Drew Bledsoe jersey he wore to TD Garden Monday came from :a long-lost friend.”Celtics/Twitter

Celtics guard Terry Rozier gave one final nod to his mini-feud with Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe on Monday, arriving for Game 1 of the Celtics-76ers series wearing a Drew Bledsoe No. 11 Patriots jersey.

If you missed it, after Boston's Game 1 win against the Bucks, Rozier inadvertently referred to Eric Bledsoe as Drew Bledsoe. When Bledsoe was asked about Rozier after Game 2, he used an expletive as he claimed he did not even know who Rozier was. The two then had a mild dust-up during Game 5, bumping each other several times before Bledsoe was whistled for a flagrant foul and Rozier received a technical foul.

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Rozier said "a long-lost friend" gave him the Drew Bledsoe jersey after Game 2 of the Bucks series.

"Just had to wait for the right time to wear it," he said Monday.

During Game 7, the Celtics showed a video of Drew Bledsoe in which he referred to himself as "the original Bledsoe," and the Garden crowd went wild.

Fans serenaded Eric Bledsoe with "Who is Bledsoe?" chants throughout the game.

When the game ended, though, Rozier and Bledsoe shared a cordial embrace near midcourt. Nevertheless, Rozier and Drew Bledsoe will probably now be linked for years to come.

"That's my guy," Rozier said. "I've never even had a conversation, but that's my guy. I think he knows who I am and I know who he is."

Video: Rozier’s arrival


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.