The rivalry between Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe and Terry Rozier was one of the least expected (and most highly publicized) subplots of a strange postseason run for the Boston Celtics last year.
To recap: Rozier accidentally (we think) called Eric Bledsoe “Drew Bledsoe” after Game 1, which prompted Bledsoe (the “Eric” version) to claim he didn’t know who the (expletive) Rozier was. Rozier promptly went off and helped bury Milwaukee, which somehow sparked the Scary Terry nickname. The real Drew Bledsoe showed up at one point in a Terry Rozier jersey. It was a confusing time.
Now, Bledsoe (again, Eric) takes responsibility for how Milwaukee lost that series.
Via ESPN’s Malika Andrews: “It was my fault we lost the Boston series. … It’s a good thing to feel like that sometimes. You want to be hungry and prove everybody wrong.”
More Bledsoe: “It was just one bad series. I had a great season last year, but it was just one bad series. And everybody noticed. I thought it was going to be easy because we were playing so well at the end of the season. It was about respecting your opponents, too, because I wasn’t prepared going in.”
The Bucks don’t blame Bledsoe (in the piece, star forward Giannis Anteokounmpo makes it clear the team spreads the blame for the loss across the entire roster), and the Celtics probably correctly credit their own players for pulling out a win sans Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
But Bledsoe — who is having a very nice year in Milwaukee — certainly didn’t help matters for the Bucks. How he responds this year remains to be seen.