It has been a wild preseason for the Boston Celtics, now with a 1-5 record. Three of those losses have been comebacks that have fallen short, ending in two point losses. Although much of the blame is on the players making improvements, coach Brad Stevens feels as though he is benefiting the most from these warmup games.
Stevens is attempting to make the jump from the NCAA to the NBA, something that has yielded a wide range of success... or no so much success. Celtics fans know all too well, see Rick Pitino. But Stevens seems to have the patience and attitude that this is going to be a growing experience for himself as much as anyone.
Here are words from Stevens courtesy of Jay King's piece on MassLive:
“Some of our guys that are going to be in (at the end of games) aren’t in, so that’s a little unique. But they’re fine. As far as timeouts and advancing the ball and all of that stuff, it’s been helpful,” Stevens told reporters after Boston’s 99-97 loss in Toronto Wednesday...