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.
Round 2️⃣ vibes on the #JetBlueRunway pic.twitter.com/QacZ9JQBvb— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 30, 2018
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.
The OG, @DrewBledsoe #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/d8hbpY8jVj— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 29, 2018
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
We're definitely here for #PettyRozier— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 30, 2018
(This is the only "Blesdoe" we acknowledge in New England) right @Patriots? pic.twitter.com/HZ5CvQWJA7
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