Holiday helps Pelicans take 2-0 lead on Trail Blazers

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee pulled within 10 a few times after that, but Brown or Rozier always seemed to find an answer to keep them at bay and give Boston a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. His Milwaukee Bucks have lost the first two games of their first-round series to the Boston Celtics, and Bledsoe's poor play is one of the big reasons why.

And the Bucks' defensive effort was nearly non-existent, especially against Boston point guard Terry Rozier, who matched his Game 1 total with 23 points. Al Horford contributed 16 points while Greg Monroe chipped in 12 and Shane Larkin added 11 off the bench.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points with eight rebounds and Khris Middleton scored 25.

The Bucks and Celtics now head to Milwaukee, where they will face off in a Game 3 on Friday and the Bucks can not afford to lose.

Yet after Rozier accidentally - or maybe not so accidentally - called Eric "Drew Bledsoe" after Game 1, Bledsoe responded to a Rozier-centric question from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Matt Velazquez after Game 2 by saying "Who?"

Bledsoe had a rare off-night as he was just unable to get much of anything going offensively. "Again, first-quarter differential, similar to the other night". It can be tough to pay attention to each and every little minute detail, like the name and identity of the guy you spent 51 possessions guarding in Game 1, plus and a bunch more in Game 2.

In the 2017-2018 regular season "Scary Terry" averaged 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 25.9 minutes-per-game.

Rozier forced Bledsoe's hand for a second consecutive game Tuesday. "We will regroup and head back home for Game 3". That would typically make the Bucks the favorite to advance, but the personnel around Giannis, coupled with their chosen style of play, has placed a ceiling on how far he can take them.

Bucks: Have been outscored 42-13 in second-chance points through two games.

With two days before the series resumes Friday night at the Bradley Center, the Bucks will have plenty of work to do but addressing their disturbing lack of urgency will be at the very top of Prunty's to-do list. The second-year guard scored 30 in 33 minutes, including 5 of 12 from deep and added five rebounds to his stat line that boasted a sparkling plus-17.

They did it by fixing problems from Game 1, another sign of their accelerated maturity. He knows who Rozier is - even if many National Basketball Association fans don't quite yet. "Defensively, just play long, show your arms".

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