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    October 6, 2018 3:12 AM EDT

    Two games into their first-round playoff series http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-antoine-vermette-jersey ;, Milwaukee point guard Eric Bledsoe and his Boston counterpart, Terry Rozier, still seem to be having trouble remembering each other’s names.

     

    Maybe it’s the sign of a festering feud with the Celtics up 2-0 as the series shifts to Milwaukee. Perhaps it’s a case of Bluegrass State bragging rights between Bledsoe, who played at Kentucky, and Rozier, who played at Louisville, though they never faced each other in college.

    Or it could be just a case of good-natured gamesmanship between two competitors.

    Through two games, it is advantage Rozier with Game 3 coming up Friday night.

    He had 23 points in Game 2 on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3 of 5 from the 3-point line, to match his postseason career scoring high set in Game 1. Rozier is shooting 7 of 16 from beyond the arc so far this series.

    So much for the Celtics being at a disadvantage at the point without Kyrie Irving, who is out for the playoffs following knee surgery.

    ”We’ve talked about his competitiveness Womens Samuel Girard Jersey , his athleticism and his work ethic being at the highest level. That usually lends to good players improving quickly,” coach Brad Stevens said about Rozier.

    Irving’s absence seemed to tilt the point guard matchup toward the Bucks, especially with Bledsoe playing well at the end of the year. Traded from Phoenix earlier in the season, Bledsoe was eager for his first taste of the postseason since 2013, when he was with the Clippers.

    Bledsoe is averaging 10.5 points against Boston, but the offense has been plagued in part by turnovers. He fouled out in Game 1.

    ”My offense will come. I’m not worried about that. I’m just worried about playing great defense and helping my teammates while I’m out there,” Bledsoe said after practice Thursday.

    The bulletin-board material between the ball-handlers has become just as engrossing a story line.

    ”I ain’t got no bad blood with nobody,” Rozier said in Boston. ”I’m not caught up in that. I’m worried about Celtics and Bucks and how can I help my team get past the first round.”

    Except that Rozier may have triggered this made-for-social media spat by calling the Bucks guard ”Drew Bledsoe” after Game 1 on Sunday. Drew Bledsoe is the former quarterback of the New England Patriots.

    ”Yeah I made a huge mistake,” Rozier said with a chuckle. ”But it is what it is now.”

    After Game 2 on Tuesday, Bledsoe was asked about Rozier.

    ”Who? I don’t even know who that is,” Bledsoe responded Aaron Ekblad Jersey , adding an expletive.

    Bledsoe struck a similar tone after practice on Thursday. When asked about Rozier by name, Bledsoe responded: ”Who?”

    ”I’m focused on this series, man, between Milwaukee and Boston right now. I’m just trying to help the team win,” Bledsoe said. ”That’s what point guards do.”

    Playing in front of a home crowd might help get the Bucks going. This is the last postseason for the franchise in the Bradley Center, with a new arena next door scheduled to open the in the fall.

    Bucks coach Joe Prunty said he hadn’t spoken to Bledsoe about his comments.

    ”I think there’s a lot of talking that takes place,” he added. ”What I’m more concerned about is what we do on the basketball court and how we play.”

    Now it’s time for Rozier to show if he can be just as effective in the playoffs on the road.

    ”Down 0-2, going back to their place where you know they’re going to come out aggressive,” Rozier said. ”We’re coming out, we’re still going to be aggressive and we’re coming in to win.”

    AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Boston contributed to this story.

    More NBA basketball: The long-awaited contract talks between star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants are going to start relatively soon.

    After months of waiting to see how Beckham recovered from a broken left ankle and how the 25-year-old mended his ways, Giants co-owner John Mara said Thursday the talks with player and his representatives will take place sooner rather than later.

    "I think this was the time that we always had in mind Womens Joey Bosa Jersey ," Mara said.

    "But I think Odell personally is moving in the right direction. He has come in here with a good attitude. Showed up yesterday with a smile on his face. He's worked hard. I think he's ready to go. He's ready for a great season."

    The 25-year-old Beckham is entering the fifth and final season of his rookie contract. He is to earn $8.5 million this season, but the three-time Pro Bowler whose career has been tarnished by off-the- field issues, wants to be among the NFL's highest-paid players, certainly the highest-paid receiver.

    Mara refused to say how much the Giants were willing to pay, but noted the franchise wants Beckham to stay for a long time.

    Beckham, who was injured in early October and missed the rest of the season, helped himself in the offseason by working hard. He attended about half of the voluntary organized team activities and reported to camp on time Wednesday.

    Beckham took part in about 50 percent of the plays in Thursday's workout and later ran sprints on a back field. He looked good.

    Beckham has been the catalyst of the Giants' offense since being drafted in the first round in 2014. In 47 NFL games, the former LSU product has 313 catches for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns.

    Fellow receiver Sterling Shepard said Thursday that Beckham seems even more explosive this season.

    "He wants to show everyone he still has it," Shepard said.

    In a wide-ranging interview with the media on the first day of practice, Mara said he hopes the league and the players union will be able to agree on a national anthem policy. He said the team would wait to see what happened in meetings which he said will take place soon.

    "Hopefully we can find a resolution that everyone is open to http://www.officialpenguinsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-justin-schultz-jersey ," Mara said.

    Mara also said he believes 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning still had several good years ahead of him.

    The co-owner also is excited by the unlimited physical skills of running back Saquon Barkley. He is concerned about the hype being thrust on the second overall pick in the draft.

    "I think he is capable of living up to it," Mara said. "I think he is mature beyond his years."

    Mara says he still has not recovered from last year's 3-13 season that led to the firing of coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese in early December.

    However, he admits there is a new feeling in the building with the changes made by new coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman.

    Gettleman, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in late spring, is doing well and is currently in remission, Mara said.

    Gettleman was in the office Wednesday and spoke to the team.

    "I don't think I have ever been around a more upbeat person in my life, particularly going through what he has been going through," Mara said. "He is optimistic about his recovery and his ability to work this year."

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