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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck alertly snagged the game ball after the final whistle for a Stevens family keepsake. That shows how little Stevens was thinking about the moment. He got a quick on-court hug from Jeff Green, lingered around midcourt for a moment, then headed for the locker room with Boston’s next game already on his mind during a week in which the Celtics play five games in seven days in five different cities.
“I’m going to celebrate for a whole 12 minutes and then I’m going to start watching Orlando and trying to figure them out,” Stevens joked. “Obviously they’ve had a great start to their season, and they’ve got good young talent. And we’ve got a couple more road games — I feel like we’ve already toured half the NBA this week — so just a couple of more road games this week.”
“The thing I’m most excited about is we played pretty well in two straight games,” Stevens said. “That’s a positive. That’s a real positive.”
You think the guys from the 1946-47 Celtics gathered around the TV at the nursing home last night with the hopes this Celtics team would tie and eventually eclipse their franchise worst 0-5 start?
Sorry suckers, put the metamucil-laden bubbly back in the fridge.
I’ll reinforce the point John made last night, this victory was necessary.
For those on the tank bandwagon, relax because there are plenty of losses to come.
What this team needs to avoid are the epic losing streaks. The streaks that breed frustration, contempt and apathy.
We need small positives.
Like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk playing extremely well against a talented Jazz front line.
Like Phil Pressey proving he can play a capable point guard in small doses.
Like Gerald Wallace contributing off the bench (and taking baby steps towards improving his trade value).
One negative from last night’s victory was Vitor Faverani’s play. It was embarrassing, yet Vitor handled it like a champ:
“This is one of the reasons that I really like Vitor. When I told Vitor that Kelly was starting, Vitor put his arm around Kelly and was talking to him,” Stevens said. “I really like Vitor. Vitor is all in.” Even when he’s out.
The rest of the links:
Hoops World – How tough love turned around Brooks | ESPN Boston – Wallace embraces reserve role | Globe – Celtics defeat Jazz | Herald – Celtics break through | Wallace contributes off bench | CSNNE – KG’s impact still lingers in Bass play | Pressey’s play at point keys 1st half run | Wallace trying to stay positive about bench role | Stevens celebrates 1st win quickly | Olynyk makes case to start | WEEI – Bass tunes Jazz as C’s avoid worst start