Brad Stevens could coach a retirement home team to a playoff berth
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Finally, no article about Game 3 could be complete without mentioning Brad Stevens. You can talk about the brilliance of his ATO plays, the matchups he creates to beat more talented teams, the fact that every player gets better under him, the level of talent he squeezes out of every member of the roster.
Really, there isn’t anything Brad Stevens could do that would surprise me. He is the coaching equivalent of Tom Brady or LeBron James. After Horford’s game-winning layup, he stood more still than the stanchion. Stevens admires his work like he already knew what would happen, that his plays would obviously work and he was just waiting to see the result.
For all the amazing play of the Celtics in the past three weeks, Stevens stands alone as the most important cog in Boston’s system. He turns the key to ignite the car of success. With any other coach, the Celtics are out in the first round after five or six games.
As much as June 17 will go down in history, so will July 3, 2013. On that day, the Boston Celtics hired a coach who will go down as one of the greatest coaches of all time (if not THE greatest).
Unfortunately for the 76ers, they have no choice but to show up for Monday night’s game. I hope they don’t plan to pack for a road trip in the near future. Bring your brooms out on Monday.