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Age / DOB:  (38) / 10/22/1976
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Brad Stevens said he used tape review in order to improve the Celtics in late-game situations.
Boston was minus-25.4 (29th) in defensive rating in the final five minutes with the score differential five points or fewer during the 2013-14 season, and Stevens was adamant about that not happening again. "I broke down every possession in the smallest of details," he said. The Celtics were minus-7.5 in those same situations during the 2014-15 season. May 11 - 9:30 AM

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Brad Stevens suggested that the Celtics will prioritize rebounding and shooting as they prepare for the 2015 draft.

"The biggest thing is you have to look at the ability to finish plays," Stevens said. "Certainly rebounding showed itself to be an issue in the playoffs. You always have to prioritize shooting and scoring, from wherever." Boston has their own first- and second-round picks this season, in addition to the Clippers' first-round pick and the 76ers' second-round pick.
May 2 - 10:19 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said head coach Brad Stevens is in the top echelon of coaches.

While Ainge is obviously biased, Stevens did finish fourth in Coach of the Year voting and received two first-place votes so the Celtics president isn't too far off here. Stevens led an underwhelming Celtics roster to a 40-42 record and a surprising playoff berth and has established himself as one of the league's top, young head coaches.
Apr 30 - 11:05 AM

Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said that there will be no change to Boston's starting lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against Cleveland.

Stevens did add that he'll use his bench more "liberally," so it sounds like Isaiah Thomas could see his minutes in the high 30s tonight as he's been one of Boston's most effective scorers through the first two games of the series. More minutes for Isaiah may lead to fewer minutes for Marcus Smart. Jared Sullinger may also see his minutes increased.

Brad Stevens said that he'll go with his regular rotations for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors, but he hinted that he may rest some guys Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

Isiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Jared Sullinger would be the logical choices for a potential rest day, so owners will need to be on the look out for that. If Bradley or Thomas is given the day off, Evan Turner would be the primary beneficiary.

Brad Stevens shot down rumors that he might be interested in the University of Texas' opening for head coach of Men's Basketball by saying he's committed to the Celtics.

Though Stevens will likely be connected to any opening major college positions that open up, he channeled his inner Bill Belichick in an attempt to shoot down rumors. "I'll be in Boston," Stevens said. "I've committed to being here. I've already left a situation once and that was the hardest thing I've ever had to choose to do. This is something that as long as they want me to be here, this is what I want to be doing and I'm going to give it everything I've got." Stevens hasn't had the most fantasy-friendly rotations this season, but he's down a great job with the roster he has, so Celtics fans have to be happy to hear his response to the Texas rumors.
Apr 2 - 9:28 AM

Brad Stevens hinted that he may be making a change to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

One change will likely be Jared Sullinger's return to the starting lineup after he was benched for showing up late to Sunday's shootaround. However, another possible change would be Marcus Smart entering the starting five, which would send Evan Turner to the bench. Smart started the second half of Sunday's game, and while he shot just 1-of-6 from the field, he also dished out a career-high nine assists. Check back for an update on the Celtics' starters closer to tip-off.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 3 - 2:24 PM

Coach Brad Stevens hinted that he may tweak his starting lineup for Thursday's game against Portland.

Coach Stevens said he contemplated a change to match up better with Portland, but it wouldn't be surprising to see a permanent switch occur soon. Jae Crowder has struggled recently in the first unit, and the Celtics would be crazy not to give Marcus Smart another shot in the starting lineup due to his stellar play off the bench recently. Evan Turner has been playing well enough to remain a starter, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him slide over to take Crowder's spot, allowing Smart to run the offense once again. Nothing is certain yet, but we will follow this situation very closely.
Jan 22 - 2:02 PM

Brad Stevens said during shootaround that he has not decided on a starting five for Tuesday's game vs. the Magic.

Boston has a lot of depth, but no true "stars," so Stevens' rotations will likely be fluid as he figures out how to incorporate the new guys into the lineup. Marcus Smart started their last game, but he has some competition with Evan Turner. Boston's frontcourt is also a mess with Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, and Brandan Wright all vying for minutes. We'll be watching Stevens' rotations closely over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 03:37:00 PM

Coach Brad Stevens is undecided on his starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Heat.

The Celtics just acquired Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, and Brandan Wright in a trade with Dallas, so there is a lot of uncertainty with what the Celtics plan to do with their new players. There is no need to speculate given the amount of options that Boston has, but the point guard and center positions are the only real question marks moving forward. However, Marcus Smart and Brandan Wright are clearly the best options for those positions, but crazier things have happened. Stay tuned.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Jay Larranaga will move into the top assistant coaching role with the Celtics following Ron Adams departure to Golden State.

Larranaga has been an assistant coach on the Celtics bench since 2012, and he will now get the promotion to top assistant. It's also being reported that Darren Erman, currently the Celtics director of NBA scouting, may be moved to an assistant coaching role to fill out the bench, but that move is not official just yet.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Any Celtics draft movement will "likely be down, not up" according to CSN New England Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely.

The Celtics will be very active in this years' draft as they hold two first-round picks and are rumored to possibly acquire another via trade. It will be interesting to monitor whether the Celtics continue to try and bring in more young talent, or if they continue to pursue coveted big-name free agents.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 05:29:00 PM

The Celtics are leaning towards making Jay Larranaga their top assistant head coach to replace Ron Adams, according to the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.

With Adams (Boston's former top assistant head coach) heading to Golden State to join Steve Kerr's staff, the Celtics may be looking inward for his replacement. Larranaga has spent the past two seasons on the Celtics bench, and he was considered for the head coaching gig upon Doc Rivers' departure before the team elected to go with Brad Stevens.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 06:28:00 PM

The NBA will hold a drawing on Friday to break ties and determine the order for this year's NBA Draft.

Teams involved and the picks their fighting for are: Boston and Utah (4-5), Boston and Phoenix (17-18), Chicago and Toronto (19-20), and Charlotte, Houston and Miami (24-26).
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:36:00 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated in a recent interview that he thinks about changing his starting lineup "every minute of every day."

"The most likely change, if there would be a chance, would be in the frontcourt," said Stevens. That would mean either Kris Humphries or Brandon Bass would likely head to the bench in exchange for developing big man Jared Sullinger. Sullinger has been the first guy off the bench, however, consistency has been an issue as he's put up 11, 26, and eight points in his last three games. Whether Sullinger is starting or coming off the bench, he still is in line for a healthy heaping of minutes, so a change to the starting lineup would likely have a more adverse effect on the guy headed to the bench. Stay tuned for more updates on Boston's rotations.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Marcus Smart
2Isaiah Thomas
3Phil Pressey
SG1Avery Bradley
SF1Evan Turner
2Jae Crowder
3James Young
4Luigi Datome
5Gerald Wallace
PF1Jared Sullinger
2Brandon Bass
3Jonas Jerebko
C1Tyler Zeller
2Kelly Olynyk