|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 9, 2013 at 2:55 AM|
We already know with Brad Stevens that he doesn't go overboard, and he doesn't get carried away with the small stuff. He's a big picture guy, and it's something that's refreshing with a new coach. So many coaches are rushed to make a team a winner as soon as they take over a team. Danny Ainge hooked Stevens up with a six year deal. Danny has great confidence in Brad, and I think we all do as well at this point. If you don't then you need to get your head checked. As I stated a couple of sentences ago Stevens is a coach that builds for the future even though he's coaching in the now.
For all that went Boston's way in their 114-73 win over the Knicks, those two plays were two of the clearer examples of how much this team is starting to take on the cool-as-they-come demeanor of their head coach Brad Stevens.
"Coach (Stevens) day-in and day-out shows great poise," said Boston's Brandon Bass. "It's rubbing off on me. And I think it's rubbing off on other guys."
Even in the aftermath of the biggest blowout in his still-short NBA career as a head coach, you would have thought the Celtics won by four and not 41 on Sunday by his reaction afterwards.
"I'm not doing cartwheels," Stevens said after the win. "They know me well enough to know I'm not doing cartwheels (about the win).
He added, "But I was impressed."
Brad would make a good comedian in my book. Stevens should be an early front runner as well for coach of the year. If the Celtics continue to win then you can't tune him out as a possible choice for the award. I would to hear Brad's response if a reporter brought up the coach of the year award. The comments below are from ESPN Boston and it sums it up about Stevens.
"I've already learned in this league, you can be on the good end or the bad end of [games like this]," Stevens said. "We were lucky today to be on the good end. Everything we did will get over-exaggerated, everything they did will get over-exaggerated, but the bottom line is, we just played better today for 48 minutes."
Stevens nailed it, and as you guys recall Stevens talked about playing a full 48 minute game with consistency, and the Celtics did that. What more can you ask for? The Celtics will see the Knicks in Boston Friday night and will see what the Knicks have in-store for the Celtics. Will they rally around the 41 point loss to Boston in New York, or will they fall apart once again? You can count on one thing after the rematch. Stevens will look the same, and his coaching is the same.