BRAD STEVENS NEWS

Rick Pitino calls Brad Stevens 'a top-3 coach at any level'

Former Celtics coach/GM Rick Pitino was in town last night as his Louisville Cardinals took on the Boston College Eagles (by they way, if you didn't know both those teams are in the ACC I don't blame you). According to ESPNBoston.com's Jack McCluskey, Pitino received a "smattering of boos" when introduced during his first game coaching in Boston since leaving the Celtics in 2001...
Via Celtics Life
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Have Plenty To Smile About After Successful West Coast Swing

If we’ve learned one thing about Brad Stevens this season, it’s that he’s not one to celebrate losses. Even when his Boston Celtics have erased massive deficits against far superior opponents, Stevens has not been satisfied with anything less than victory. So, after the Celtics dropped a 110-98 decision to the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday to finish 3-3 on...
Via NESN.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: Evan Turner Hopes To Gut Out Injury Until All-Star Break

The Minnesota Timberwolves carried into Wednesday the NBA’s worst record and a 10-game losing streak on their home floor. None of that seemed to matter against a Boston Celtics team finishing up a grueling six-game Western Conference road trip. The Celtics looked understandably fatigued throughout and never seemed to find a rhythm in a 110-98 loss. Take a gander at some news...
Via NESN.com
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tired Celtics Fall To Timberwolves 110-98 To Wrap Up Six-Game Road Trip

The Boston Celtics wrapped up their six-game road trip against the NBA’s worst team, but they were unable to leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes with a victory. Brad Stevens’ squad looked sluggish from the get-go Wednesday night and never managed to find a rhythm, falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 to finish a respectable 3-3 in their jaunt through the Western Conference...
Via NESN.com
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens: Rising Stars Participation Kelly Olynyk’s Call If Healthy

Kelly Olynyk might not be fully healthy in time to compete in the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge. But if he is, his coach isn’t about to hold him out. “If he’s ready to play, that’s the trainer’s and Kelly’s call,” Brad Stevens said before Wednesday’s game in Minnesota, via Celtics.com. “… Obviously, there’s no way we’d want him to do it unless he was 100...
Via NESN.com
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Starting Brandon Bass over Tyler Zeller Has Worked Out

When Brad Stevens announced that Brandon Bass would be starting over Tyler Zeller before the Blazers game, I was surprised. Sure, the starting five of Turner, Bradley, Crowder, Sullinger and Zeller had struggled, but would replacing Zeller with Bass fix that? Does it make sense to bench a 25-year-old center who has been steadily improving for a 29-year-old power forward who may not...
Via Red's Army
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: The Big Boston Rotation Problem

  (Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff.. The Boston Celtics have made 28 trades this season and are re-building. They have one of the best sets of young players in the NBA, a pile of cap space and about 10 1st round picks in the next 3 drafts, so they are the richest team in the NBA when it comes to assets. They can sign...
Via HoopStuff
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk out at least a few weeks

Things didn't look good when Kelly Olynyk landed awkwardly on Thomas Robinson's foot during Thursday's win at Portland, and the second-year big man left the Moda Center on crutches. Olynyk flew back to Boston for further testing and it was determined he could be out until after All-Star Break. From Jay King's update on Mass Live: Kelly Olynyk's MRI this weekend showed a few torn...
Via Celtics Life
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump…Where in a season of silver linings, this trip might be the shiniest

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump There was uncertainty in their voices before the Boston Celtics set out on a season-long six-game road trip earlier this month. Boston had lost 11 of its previous 14 games, hadn’t beaten a Western Conference...
Via Red's Army
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: Brad Stevens Not Stressing Over C’s Free-Throw Struggles

The Boston Celtics hung tough Sunday night with the best the NBA has to offer. It didn’t result in a victory — the Golden State Warriors held on to win 114-111 — but Celtics players left Oracle Arena feeling optimistic about their squad. “I thought coach (Brad Stevens) had the perfect game plan,” forward Brandon Bass said, via MassLive.com’s Jay King. “… We can...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens prefers to keep Tayshaun Prince

When Prince arrived in Boston, many believed that he may be gone before he even donned the green. according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, however, coach Brad Stevens has taken quite a liking to Prince:Coach Brad Stevens has taken a strong liking to Prince, who had four points in 17 minutes in last night’s 100-99 win against the Nuggets. It’s fair to assume he may lobby...
Via Celtics Life
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk Out For At Least A Month With Ankle Injury

According to coach Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will likely miss the next month and possibly more with a sprained ankle. 
Via CLNS Radio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Western Conference teams are no match for dime-droppin' Brandon Bass-led Celtics

OK, so there is a hint of sarcasm in the title.  But consider this: Before Thursday night the Celtics had lost 23 straight road games vs. Western Conference opponents.  Now they've won two in row.  The last time Boston got road victories on consecutive days against West teams was in Houston and Dallas on March 19-20, 2010.So what's changed?  Brad Stevens inserted Brandon Bass...
Via Celtics Life
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Even with an uncertain future, Tayshaun Prince is producing for the Celtics

When Tayshaun Prince's name was included in the Jeff Green trade last week, nobody expected the 34-year old to play a second in Celtic green. While waiting to hear what his future holds, Prince, in only two games, has proved valuable to the young C's squad.The 12-year old veteran, who won a title in 2004 with Detroit, could have asked for a buyout, refusing to suit up for the Celts...
Via Celtics Life
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Expect lineup changes to continue after streak-snapping win

Though Brad Stevens has spoken of his desire to field a consistent starting lineup, a change in the opening five helped the Celtics score a 90-89 victory over the Portland Trailblazers Thursday night. Given how many streaks that win snapped, Stevens will likely continue to tinker with the starting rotation. When Evan Turner's game-winning 3-pointer found its mark with under two seconds...
Via Celtics Life
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sporting News: Brad Stevens Leaving Celtics For Indiana Was Media ‘Delusion’

Brad Stevens is not walking out that door. As the Boston Celtics limp through Stevens’ second season as head coach — Thursday’s last-second win over the Portland Trail Blazers notwithstanding — rumors have swirled about the former Butler coach eyeing a return to the college basketball ranks. These rumors refuse to die despite Stevens refuting them...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe. Olynyk to miss some time.

Good morning! We here at CelticsLife are going to start a new daily week day morning column entitled 'Cup of Joe' (And now we got a fancy new, completely awesome graphic. Thanks EK!) It will feature a few quick-hitters from the previous night; the important stuff, the not so important stuff. The weird, the wild, the in between. A nice, mindless morning column to start your day off...
Via Celtics Life
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Avery Bradley on offensive struggles and Brad Stevens

As the Celtics continue to try to find some sort of consistency and flow on the offensive end, Avery Bradley points to the revolving door that is the roster as the biggest factor into their struggles:About offensive struggles, Bradley said, "We're still learning how to play with each other. Every week's been like a new team for us."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 21, 2015He has...
Via Celtics Life
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Sully & C’s shock Portland

Brad Stevens’ decision to start Brandon Bass looked like brilliance early as Bass scored 4 points in his first 3:44 out on the floor. Stevens went to Zeller for the remainder of the quarter, and he also played well (5 pts, 2 rebs). As a team,the Celtics shot 45% from the floor in the opening stanza and closed the 1st on 15-5 run. Boston was up 23-19 after 1Q. The Blazers definitely...
Via Red's Army
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Marcus Smart is silencing his critics

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “Marcus is probably playing as well in his role as he has all year,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “He’s been in a lot of games at the end, especially games he’s playing well. He would probably say...
Via Red's Army
8 days ago  |  Discuss

RealGM Radio: Jared Weiss On Celtics' Moves, Future

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss). The two discuss the Celtics' recent flurry of moves starting with the Rajon Rondo trade, what 2015 Draft prospects would work best in Boston and Brad Stevens' hold onto the team. They also hit other NBA topics including the struggles in Los Angeles and New York...
Via RealGM
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Former OK State Guard Marcus Smart Going Off On Cowboys Fans Who Want Travis Ford Fired

Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart only played two years of collegiate ball, and seemingly had enough talent around him during his stay. But apparently, his new head coach, Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics, was quoted as implying that Smart was asked to do a bit much during his time in Stillwater. It’s somehow led to Smart going on a Twitter rant about Cowboys fans. Here’s...
Via College Spun
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics might be torturing Tayshaun Prince

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “I didn’t expect to play him near that much,” coach Brad Stevens said. “I felt pretty comfortable with him on the floor, because he’s really savvy. He’s always in the right place, especially defensively...
Via Red's Army
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Gerald Wallace is holding this whole thing together

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “I’m not too worried about chemistry in the locker room, and large credit for that goes to Gerald Wallace,” Stevens told reporters prior to Friday’s home game against the Bulls. “Because of the way...
Via Red's Army
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens: Celtics Have No Time For Hurt Feelings As Team Heads West

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The NBA schedule-makers really were not kind to the Celtics this season. Boston already kicked off the 2014-15 campaign with arguably the league’s toughest stretch, with 12 of their first 15 games coming against teams that reached the playoffs last season. Things calmed down a bit over the next month and a half, but beginning...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss
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