Terry Rozier’s Game 1 performance was a bit smoother than his postgame news conference.
Rozier, who scored 23 points Sunday in the Boston Celtics’ 113-107 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden, was his usual joyful self after the victory. He joked about swiping Kyrie Irving’s shoes and couldn’t help but laugh when pressed on his interesting wardrobe choice.
The real (unintentional) knee-slapper of Rozier’s exchange with the media, however, came when the Celtics guard discussed what Boston tried to key in on both offensively and defensively.
“Defensively, just play long, show your arms,” Rozier said. “Giannis (Antetokounmpo), he loves to push the ball. Drew Bledsoe loves to push the ball. You’ve gotta admit, Khris Middleton who makes tough shots. And we just tried to limit them to what they’re good at by just being long off the ball and showing our presence, and I feel like we did a great job at that a majority of the game.”
Wait, Drew Bledsoe? The former NFL quarterback who spent nine seasons with the New England Patriots until being supplanted by Tom Brady after suffering an injury in 2001?
Of course, Rozier actually was talking about Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, who Rozier faked out of his shoes before draining a go-ahead 3-pointer with less than a second remaining in regulation Sunday. But the flub — and the thought of Drew driving to the basket — is enough to make Boston sports fans chuckle.
Word even got back to the former QB, who also thought the mix-up was pretty funny.
Drew Bledsoe joked Monday on Twitter: “Well, I do love to push the ball… Flattered by the mistake. I hope my more athletic cousin @EBled2 isn’t too pissed!”
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