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Celtics’ Terry Rozier claims to have taken all of Kyrie Irving’s shoes

Terry Rozier. Kyrie Irving

Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier enjoyed a great Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks, throwing down without leading scorer Kyrie Irving and spark plug Marcus Smart, who are out with injuries.

Rozier didn’t play like a third-string point guard, but like a veteran leader, making shots in the fourth quarter and overtime period to give his team a confidence-building lead in the series.

Following the game, he joked around some, including admitting to have taken all of Irving’s shoes.

“First of all, me and Kyrie got a great relationship, where we can joke around [and] have a little fun,” said Rozier, according to Greg Cassoli of CelticsWire. “His message is ‘Go out there and take what’s yours. Go dominate. Go kill. Don’t worry about what nobody is saying.’ You know I went to his house two days ago, took all his shoes.”

If Rozier was playing at such a high level on Sunday… it’s gotta be the shoes, right?

Not exactly.

Rozier has been scoring at a high clip since Irving went down to injury and even prior to that, meriting the ultimate confidence from head coach Brad Stevens.

In fact, Rozier had scored in double figures for two straight months (25 games) before tailing off before the end of the regular season.

The third-year guard returned to consistency after putting up 23 points, headlining a four-man 20-plus-point barrage alongside fellow youngster Jaylen Brown, forward Marcus Morris, and center Al Horford — all stepping up their game to take down the Bucks in overtime.