|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 16, 2014 at 6:15 AM|
The bottom line from Stevens is that he's building a culture, his comments below suggest that.
"I’m not that concerned. I know, I mean I want to win every single thing I do in life. But I’m not as concerned about breaking the streak, per se, as just playing good basketball and playing tough basketball. That might be the first game we’ve won all year where we won it on the defensive end of the floor, and there’s no arguing it because we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. You know, we were 35% from the field for the night.
They’ve done a really good job of increasing their pressure and in the fourth quarter they extended the pressure a little bit and got into us, and then when a guy like (Steve) Novak gets in the game you’re just scared to death because any look is a good one. But I thought, for the most part, our guys were really, really, really tough-minded tonight. And I was pleased with that. There were only 10 guys available, and they were all 10 engaged and we went after it."
Stevens won't let the ever changing roster effect him. He has his guys ready to go out there every night, and Wednesday was just another night. Stevens only had a roster of 10 guys to use, but that didn't sway his ability to coach.
"That’s about having a mindset that no matter what, we’re not going to let them score. So no matter what’s going on on the other end, you’re doing to do everything you can to not let them score. And they got some on us early, the transition baskets, and then they got some 3-point play opportunities late, but part of that was because Novak was in the game and we were so concerned with the 3-point line. But for the most part, I thought we were more locked in in that regard at the end of this game than we have been of some of them."
I touched on Brad being thrilled with the defense in the postgame article. But the Celtics did show the want and need to win this game. Maybe they won this game from Rondo. They didn't want the pressure all on him to break the losing streak. Stevens in my book coached one of his best games of the season. He was under manned, but he pulled all the right strings to help the Celtics to win this game.