The Boston Celtics have performed some of their worst basketball in years over the previous few weeks, and naturally reporters have requested Brad Stevens if he has any solutions. One line of considering is that players have begun tuning Stevens out, however the head coach doesn’t imagine that’s the case.
Stevens was requested throughout an look 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak & Bertrand” present on Thursday if he feels players are ignoring him. He acknowledged there’s frustration however stated he isn’t shedding the locker room.
“Certainly you’re going to go through times of the year where guys are frustrated with their own individual experiences,” Stevens stated. “You’re not gonna play more than five guys at a time and you’re not gonna play more than eight, nine, sometimes 10 guys in your rotation when fully healthy. So there’s always going to be something, right?”
The Celtics have misplaced 5 of their final seven video games, and three of these losses got here in opposition to unhealthy groups. They’re now 14-14 on the season, although that’s nonetheless sufficient for fifth within the Eastern Conference.
Celtics common supervisor Danny Ainge appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub earlier on Thursday, and he too was requested about the concept that players are tuning Stevens out. He emphatically dismissed it.
“Absolutely not. That is ridiculous,” Ainge stated. “I just think that’s the culture of sports and sports reporting. It’s a common theme; it must be this if you don’t show up to play or show up to play with the intensity and motivation it takes to win. I don’t see that at all.”
Even if Stevens nonetheless has the respect of all of his players, there should be some cause the Celtics are struggling. They’re just too gifted to be a .500 crew.
Kemba Walker made some troubling remarks after a current loss that replicate poorly on the coach, so which will have contributed to the narrative that Stevens is being ignored. Whatever the case, the Celtics want to play higher as a crew. They stand nearly no shot within the postseason with the way in which they’ve performed as of late.