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Stevens on C's loss: "It was a good old fashioned butt kicking"

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 29, 2014 at 2:05 AM

The Boston Celtics were handed one of their worst losses of the season. The Knicks returned the favor after the Celtics blew the Knicks out by 41 points at MSG. The lack of effort was hard to watch, but the execution was just eye opening. In past years the Celtics ran the same stuff, they had a plan, they scouted teams differently. Things right now are not about that, this is a new system,  with basically new players after a couple of trades, and after a couple of injuries. This is a team rebuilding, and rebuilding a system under Brad Stevens. Things won't run perfectly.

To go back to what I said about running the same stuff, and about having plan. That didn't always work, and honestly Doc's ability to change was poor. As for Stevens, I'm not shifting the blame to him. That's not the point that I'm trying to make. The issue comes down changeover in the roster, and just plain inconsistent play from Jeff Green, Sully, and Bass.

"It was a good old fashioned butt kicking. That is what it was. I don’t think I have to described it that much, we all were sitting there and watched it."

Bass got the start Tuesday against the Knicks, and he scored 4 points, and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. As for Green, after his 39 point performance, Green has posted 14 against the Knicks, 8 points against the Nets, and 16 points against the Thunder. I think the next time Green scores 30 plus points in a game, it could be Danny's best chance of trading Green. Sullinger is a different story, he is bothered with a dislocated/sprain finger in his shooting hand. Sully's stats are not good at all, he's averaging 8.4 points per game, and a decent 6.8 rebounds. He's also shooting 34% from the field, and he's 1-of-13 from three.

The Celtics are still in the playoff picture, and honestly I don't care, I just want them to start executing what they should, and maybe I'm asking too much. Can I just see more consistent play from Green, Bass, and Sully?

"We have to get more connected; we have to get more together. We don’t have a lot of time together with some of these guys that are playing for us right now. Those guys are really having some pretty good moments, the new ones. We have to get everyone back on one page playing as well as can. We have to analyze and look at what we’re doing collectively because we’re going through a drought right now, scoring. The way we defended, we wouldn’t have beaten them even if we scored tonight.

Stevens hits it on the head. The Celtics are not reading the same book, Rondo's reading "Gone with the Wind",  and Green is reading "Of Mice and Men". I don't know, but Tommy mentioned on the broadcast that the team just looks disconnected. It's the truth, and Stevens end game this year is to have them connected by seasons end.

Quotes from Celtics.com

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