The Celtics have been playing from behind for most of the preseason. In the first quarter Wednesday night, the Raptors went up 22-9, before the Celtics woke up, and executed Brad Stevens stuff. The Celtics for a second night in a row fell short by two points in each contest. I think you can take both losses as what they are, which means it's just the preseason, or you can look at the losses with the outlook of no Rondo, so no win. The Celtics win both games if Rondo is out there with Jeff, Avery, Sully, and Bass. That's my belief on the two games.
For Brad Stevens, he can't think about Rondo right now, Rondo's out for the first month or so of the season. He needs to get the guys that he has on the floor right now ready for the season, and he realizes it's a 48 minute battle. The Celtics need to come out better prepared, or mentally ready for these games.I think it's more of a getting to know each other thing,compared to it being a Brad Stevens issue, or a players issue.