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Celtics’ Terry Rozier looking forward to talk trash with Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe in second round

Terry Rozier, Eric Bledsoe

The second round matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks is all set. It’s a rematch of last year’s first-round matchup which the Celtics won in seven games. And Terry Rozier is not just lacing up his shoes. He’s also preparing for a continuation of his war of words with Eric Bledsoe.

Per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports, Rozier cleared everything up, noting that the trash talking is all about fun and is part of the game.

And the rule is simple: if you’re going to talk, you have to back it up.

“Listen, man, where I’m from we love that,” Rozier said. “We don’t back down from confrontation or none of that. If you’re gonna talk stuff you gotta back it up.

Rozier added, “At the end of the day, it’s about fun. We respect each other. Like I’ve been saying, ain’t nobody out here a boxer or anything like that. If so, that’s what the summertime is for. But right now, it’s the playoffs; just looking to spice things up and have some fun at the end of the day.”

In their first-round duel with the Indiana Pacers, Rozier turned out to be the team’s best perimeter defender. Especially with Marcus Smart out due to an injury, Rozier has been forced to step his game up a notch. The Bledsoe-Rozier matchup will be something to look out for.

Will Rozier’s energy on the defensive end stop Bledsoe?

Or will Bledsoe find a way to counter Rozier?