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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics are playing only 38 minutes of basketball

Chuck - Red's Army October 17, 2013 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 18 Comments

bsEvery morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

 “We have to become a 48-minute team instead of 38-minute team,” Stevens said. “We’re pretty good for 38 minutes. We have to maintain that focus and level of play through that.”

On Wednesday, the Celtics led by two points at the half and were in a back and forth battle through the bulk of the third quarter.

However, Boston found itself on the short end of an 11-0 run to close out the third which put them in an 80-70 hole going into the fourth.

While the losses were certainly disappointing, Celtics forward Jeff Green sees it as just part of this team’s growth curve.

“We’re going to fight until the end, basically,” Green said. “That’s what we do. We’re going to keep playing until the end of the fourth quarter. We just have to keep at it.”

CSNNE

This is a mantra for any coach at any level. Keep playing hard.

Not only was it an in-game problem for Doc Rivers, but his Celtics teams of the past 6 years would take off weeks and months.

I suspect we will hear a lot of these fundamental issues throughout this “transitional” season.

I’m curious about your impressions of our new head coach so far. 6 games into the preseason, do you feel better, worse or the same about Brad Stevens?

I threw out the question on Twitter last night and was inundated with responses. I feel a tiny bit worse. I know, it’s shocking I would lean on the negative side. I do not like the focus on three-point shooting (I still have PTSD from the O’Brien era). And whether he’s on the sideline or giving an interview, I’m not sensing total confidence and leadership from Stevens. I’m hopeful that will come in time.

Drop a comment below or answer the poll on the right sidebar.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Raptors inspired young Olynyk | Kevin Garnett threads up for grabs | Russell statue to be unveiled | CSNNE – Another comeback falls short | Stevens: C’s need to be good 48 minute team | Pressey not concerned with ankle injury | Power forward spot agrees with Hump | ESPN Boston – Only whistles have slowed KO |

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  • Kahnstantine

    Still way too early to feel any way about Stevens. In fact, this while season might be way too early.

  • Luke Walton

    rerun. I won’t call this the beginning of a nightmare. but i will call it a rerun we’ve all seen before

  • Tommy_Heinsohn

    We’re 6 games into the PRE-SEASON! Stevens has 6 NBA games under his belt. Give it time guys, seriously. He’s still learning the NBA game, his players, the officials… He doesn’t even have Rondo yet, which will be a big help. The PG is the extension of the coach on the floor, who does he have to run his offensive sets? Jordan Crawford? The players even admitted they don’t know all the plays yet.

  • Step

    I’m not about to completely judge this coach after only coaching 6 games in the NBA, during the preseason. Ask this question again in April. I will say that I think his cool, calm demeanor will be good for this group.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Stevens is an excellent hire…a young coach {with a tremendous resume} to lead a young team into the future. The players can relate to him.

    Ainge was straight with BS, and he accepted his dream job with his eyes wide open. The first year will be especially brutal, as Ainge will supply him with as little talent as possible w/o getting him {and his entire family} lynched.

    This year, BS`s only job is to develop/inspire guys like Olynyk, Sully, AB…have the team play hard, while knowing that 60 losses is a given. After securing a top draft pick, they`ll be in good position to lure quality FA`s.

    The mid-range future is bright…the immediate future is not.

    • Curt Hays

      Totally agree, RLC.

      • RedsLoveChild

        THNX…can I get an amen?!

        • Jester00

          Amen

        • Curt Hays

          “Can I get a witness?!”

    • Jake Gruber

      All very good points. What does everyone think about going after Greg Monroe who looks like he will be an restricted free agent this summer?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.gallagher.357 Jimmy Gallagher

      I’m a witness. Amen bud.

  • Ron Isles

    There’s no way or possibility to critique Stevens. He’s a first time NBA coach, going through rebuilding process with young Celtics team. The Celtics best player, Rondo, is still out nursing an ACL surgery, and even when he returns the Celtics will still not be good enough to compete. Right now the Celtics don’t have the talent, but I do see them being competitive with teams for at least 20-24 minutes a game.

  • LA Flake

    As long as he doesn’t have a meltdown and say something like, “Paul Pierce ain’t walkin’ thru that door. KG ain’t walkin’ thru that door…”

    I haven’t seen the guy coach yet but I’m curious why Marshon Brooks isn’t playing much. He might be our best scorer.

    • frickenWaaaltah

      PJ Carlesimo did one of the preseason broadcasts with Mike Gorman. For those that need the reminder, he coached Brooks in NJ.

      The gist of what he said about Marshon was that Brooks was a weak defender, especially at team defense. But his problem is even worse than just that now, because he has gotten a reputation for being a defensive weak spot, and lots of coaches have their teams start going right at him whenever he comes into a game.

      PJ is a good guy though and didn’t slam his former player at all or call him weak on defense. It was all in coach speak. His words were all about Marshon’s difficult challenge right now being to skill up and execute consistently on defense to change his reputation.

      Brooks and Crawford achieving a basic professional standard of consistency on defense would be a great development for both them and the team.

  • david

    Ever the pessimist. It is way to early to tell anything about this coach or team, but at least Stevens has some kind of a good track record, most of the guys on this team are between unproven or just not that great. The search for what works will take a long time.

  • SDHarleyguy

    48-38=10… the 10 lost minutes are when Stevens starts Bass and Sullinger at the beginning of the halves… They are snack food together against NBA bigs…
    Fav needs to start, He is the only one capable of tough D against an NBA big…And he alters everything opponents do going to the rim…

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