National Basketball Association playoffs roundup: Celtics drop Bucks into 2-0 hole

Giannis Antetokounmpo knows he has to do a better job of guarding Al Horford

Giannis Antetokounmpo knows he has to do a better job of guarding Al Horford

The second-year guard put both of his hands on the smoldering surface and soaked up the burn Tuesday night as he delivered a playoff career-high 30 points - including five 3-pointers - in Boston's 120-106 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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. Game 3 is Friday in Milwaukee.The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter as their ball movement overwhelmed the Bucks.

After game 2 of this series between the Celtics and Bucks, it's safe to assume Eric Bledsoe can't be incredibly happy with his efforts. "Teams have been writing us off all year, and we just keep proving people wrong".

Boston had just three turnovers through three quarters and only seven on the 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.

Terry Rozier came up big in the clutch with 23 points, while young wings Jayson Tatum (19 points, ten rebounds) and Jaylen Brown (20 points, four rebounds) also excelled. Antetokounmpo made 13-of-17 shots for 30 points and still found himself dealing with the frustration of being bullied by Horford, who alternated between backing the Freak into the post for baby hooks or jab-stepping him for 16-footers. If not for Khris Middleton's heroics to force overtime, Bledsoe's defensive breakdown would have been a key storyline before Game 2.

"I went back and watched some film with coach". You know, the one who shook you with a crossover and nailed a game-winning 3-pointer to end Game 1 as you watched helplessly.

Through two playoff games, Rozier is averaging 23 points-per-game on 46.9 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. They have an excuse if they lose, so these players are leaving it all out there on the court. The third-year guard had not started a game before this season but was thrust into the role when Kyrie Irving was lost for the season following knee surgery.

He scored a team-high 30 points in only 33 minutes, converting 12-of-22 shots, including 5-of-12 from 3-point territory. In a critical game, the Bucks were largely lifeless.

"Who?" Bledsoe said, then, "I don't know who the (expletive) that is".

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