Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics watches before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden
Brad Stevens, president of the Boston Celtics’ basketball division, is unfazed by his team’s lackluster start to the 2021-22 campaign, and hinted that the Celtics may face changes in the roster.
Hot on the heels The Celtics’ heartbreaking 99-97 loss to the San Antonio Spurs – where All-Star Jaylen Brown missed a game-defining layup just before the music box ran out – Stevens joined the toucher & Rich Morning Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s weekly appearance. It offered a perspective on the Celtics’ recent fights as Boston (18-20) is still below .500, currently tenth in the Eastern Conference, and still looking for his mid-season move.
« Me think the same, similar things we talked about earlier this year would be number one with our lack of consistency from possession to possession, « Stevens told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s toucher & Rich on Thursday. « I think of course when you talk about winning a 48-minute game you have to be good all the time and find a consistent way to do things well throughout the game. »
Execution the late game was undoubtedly the focus of Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. Wednesday’s two-point loss to Spurs marked the eleventh time Boston has lost by five points or less that season, and the sixth since the Celtics’ 114-111 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Aug. December.
« There’s no question that these games will be even more recorded on both sides in the fourth quarter, » added Stevens. “And I think we had a few games here, of course, especially at this stage when we had chances in the fourth quarter and didn’t finish. So there are a number of things and we have a lot to fix. «
How long do you wait, from a trading perspective, before deciding it’s time to take a move?
» That is a good question, ”replied Stevens. “I think the challenge in the last two years in particular has been to be part of the last five, but certainly there was no consistent timeframe in the last two to be able to evaluate the whole group. But the reality is, we may never get that, right? So I think we have enough information we need to make sure we focus on improving. «
» There are several ways to do this; Number one is to optimize what we do internally; play better, tweak rotations, whatever the case, ”added Stevens. “And the second way would of course be to optimize the duty roster. I think everyone here – player, coach, front office – everyone who works here is not happy with where we are from a record standpoint. So we have to improve. ”
Stevens hopes effective changes will come from within, but isn’t naive enough to guarantee that the Celtics will hit 180 overnight. It’s not a known normal in the NBA today.
« There’s a lot that can be improved, » said Stevens. “We’d love to get the chance to see everyone out there so we can get a real feel for the group as a whole. But we also know this doesn’t happen often in the NBA and it certainly doesn’t happen in COVID years. We have to find out. «
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