Brad Stevens, Celtics continue to struggle
By Janiel Abby Toralba
After losing another game today against the Houston Rockets 104-115, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens plans to adjust their game strategy, which could include re-organizing their starting lineup even if he believes that it isn’t the cause of their struggles.
“You know, obviously, we’ll look at everything,” Stevens told the reporters via ESPN. “We’ve been looking at everything after every game. Every night when you go to bed, every minute when you wake up, you’re always thinking about that. There’s things that — that are helpful in that, and things that are not helpful. And if it’s the root of your issues, then I think the — then a small tweak can help. I’m not sure that that’s our root [problem].
“[Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] has said this on a number of occasions: When we have six or seven guys playing well, we’re pretty good. We’ve just got to get back to that.”
Stevens thinks that they don’t have any issue in their current linuep consisting of Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford. He believes that the players just need time to work it out together.
“If I thought who we start the game with would make a huge difference, or even give us the spark we need, we would try it, or even just try it for the hell of it,” Stevens said. “I usually don’t fly by the seat of my pants like that. I try to have a thoughtful process. But we’ll just keep plugging away and see what we do.”
The Celtics have been playing terribly lately; this is their fifth loss in the last six games they played. Stevens may be right that everyone just needs to play better, but they are running out of time prior to the upcoming playoffs. His team is currently at the fifth spot of the Eastern Conference with a 38-26 win-loss record.
“It could be any number of things, but we have to play better,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Individually and collectively, we have to play better.”