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Celtics Morning Joe: Stevens adjusting, learning from losing streak

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 10, 2014 at 6:35 AM

It's been a very long time since Brad Stevens has lost this much, and I think he knew that would be the case coming into the NBA. He was taking over a Celtics team without Rondo, and the core was gone. That didn't sway Brad from leaving Butler, and I think so far he's maxed this team out the best way. He had them for awhile at the top in the Atlantic, and he had them in a playoff spot for 75% of the season give or take. Now the Celtics have faced their longest losing streak of 6, and the streak looks far from over. With the road trip ending in Portland Saturday night.

CSNNE.com Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely said on SportsNet Central that the losing could make Stevens a better coach as his NBA career continues.

"He understood when he came on board that [losing] would be part of the package," Blakely said. "But you're starting to see some frustration...This year is not about but winning but developing winning habits."

If you think Danny is tanking with the latest trade, then your missing it. Brad Stevens and his gang have not given up. They get the final vote in tanking this season. If you think the Celtics are tanking, then your not watching this team. The loss in Denver may have been a tank job, but that's one game. The Celtics don't intend to tank as a team, and perhaps Danny wants to lead the team that way. I don't see him wanting the team to lose. He knows how important it is for Brad to build a culture of doing things the right way, win or lose.

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Reply paul
12:27 PM on January 10, 2014 
Hey, bring it on Shawn. You go ahead and cheerlead for the team like every other blog. But see, no one has said that the team is tanking, that I've seen, though you suggest that this is the argument that is being made. What is clearly true is that Danny made a tank move with the Bayless trade. Now that doesn't mean that the team won't pull it together and rise up again, and if they do, maybe Danny will get back on board. One of Danny's best qualities is that he watches his team and assesses their chances and their will. He might get back on board. But that was as blatant a tank move as you could hope to see.

Damn, Shawn, you do a good job of killing any nostalgia I had left about writing for this site.