Bucks PG Eric Bledsoe blames himself for Game 7 loss to Celtics in 2018 playoffs
The Milwaukee Bucks currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings and have impressed all season long thus far into the 2018-19 campaign. However, that was not the case last year when they were ousted in seven games by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2017-18 playoffs.
Although it was most certainly a team effort, the Bucks’ loss apparently falls on the shoulders of just one person — point guard Eric Bledsoe.
“It was my fault we lost the Boston series,” Eric Bledsoe told Malika Andrews of ESPN. “It’s a good thing to feel like that sometimes. You want to be hungry and prove everybody wrong.”
While it was obviously not solely Bledsoe’s fault that the Bucks came up short, it was no secret that the veteran signal caller was carrying some extra weight around with him.
“Bled was pretty upset the whole time,” Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee added. “He needed to let go of some of that frustration. He went into that game with a huge chip on his shoulder from that playoff series.”
Making his way to Milwaukee from the Phoenix Suns midway through last season, the 29-year-old point guard is now in the midst of his first full season with the Bucks. Over the course of 47 regular season games, all of which have been starts, Bledsoe is averaging 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals.
During his NBA career, which began back in 2010-11, Bledsoe has suited up for the LA Clippers, Suns and Bucks.