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Stevens doesn't regret rotation's after Bucks loss

Posted by shawn cassidy on November 3, 2013 at 5:15 AM



Brad Stevens understands that he should have messed with the rotation, but it's not like he can go back in time. As a coach you need to move onto the next game.

Stevens stands by his choice not to play Humphries or Pressey during Friday's loss to the Bucks. Stevens went with the rookie Olynyk, and honestly it was a learning process for him being out there, but maybe the Celtics could of had a better chance to win with Humphries out there.


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As far as Humphries not playing, Stevens had a talk with the 6-foot-9 veteran this morning.

"I told Kris, him not playing was not a result of his play on Wednesday," Stevens said. "I kind of made up my mind that I was going to go with Kelly (Olynyk) and Jared (Sullinger) early. And I thought that rotation of four bigs was good overall."

Vitor Faverani and Brandon Bass are the two bigs in the starting lineup for the Celtics, while Sullinger and Olynyk were the primary backups at both power forward and center.

In Friday's loss, Faverani had 12 points and a game-high 18 rebounds to go with six blocked shots. Bass led all Celtics with 17 points along with grabbing nine rebounds. Sullinger and Olynyk came off the bench and combined to score 14 points.

"Hindsight's 20-20," Stevens said, "but I don't think I would have necessarily taken one of those guys out (for Humphries)."


Olynyk is someone that Brad wants to play so he can grow. Humphries may see time if Olynyk doesn't improve during his rookie season. But I think Kelly will, as for Pressey. I think Stevens may need to plug him in so he can gain some confidence.


Rookie point guard Phil Pressey sat the entire game as well, even as starting point guard Avery Bradley racked up early foul trouble before eventually fouling out for the second straight game.

On Saturday, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens explained his rationale in keeping both guys on the bench.

"By the time we took Avery out of there with five minutes left in the game, Phil had sat there for 43 minutes," said Stevens who added, "in a game that's tense and tight already, hard to come in ... hindsight's always 20-20."

But with the benefit of hindsight, Stevens acknowledges that he might have handled Pressey's situation differently.

"Maybe I would put him in if I had that opportunity (again)," Stevens said.

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2 Comments

Reply Jackess
8:27 AM on November 3, 2013 
Nice to see a coach who isn't afraid to admit a mistake! We'll get there, we need to be patient! It hurts to watch the team you love blow a 22 point lead. I'm sure the players feel the same way and will step it up.
Reply celtsfan
4:18 PM on November 3, 2013 
Jackess says...
Nice to see a coach who isn't afraid to admit a mistake! We'll get there, we need to be patient! It hurts to watch the team you love blow a 22 point lead. I'm sure the players feel the same way and will step it up.

I like that he owned up to it. Doc was big on blaming legs. I guess Stevens can't really us that one anyway.