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In defense of Brad Stevens

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When the Celtics were winning games, what did we hear about Stevens? Crickets. In the playoffs? Well, Stevens’ is sitting fifth all-time among Celtics coaches with a 37-36 record.

And do we honestly believe that Stevens has lost the locker room? Because players are walking the court when their coach is yelling to push? Or are the players simply exhausted from a grueling truncated season that allows little time for recuperation before boarding a flight halfway across the country?

Sure, Stevens has clearly been preaching ball movement, and the ball hasn’t been moving much.

Finally, ask yourself this, what coach, NBA or otherwise who is available, would come to Boston and do a better job than what Stevens is doing? Not just orchestrating sets or being animated on the sideline – but in developing a team ethos, structuring young players’ workloads, and implementing a brand of basketball that encourages both individual and collective growth.

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