Brad Stevens admits he ‘did a bad job’ after Celtics’ second-round exit
Per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston, Stevens got ahead of the criticisms and admitted that he did a bad job.
"I'll be the first to say as far as any other years… I did a bad job. Team doesn't find it's best fit that's on you."- #Celtics Brad Stevens
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) May 9, 2019
Stevens is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the NBA. Last season, he led the Celtics — who were without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward in the postseason — all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Given this milestone, analysts had high hopes for the Celtics this year, especially since Irving and Hayward were back and healthy. It didn’t bother them that the team had a sub-par 49-win regular season. Though there were rumored issues in the locker room, Boston remained confident in their play.
As expected, they cruised in the first round and booted out the Indiana Pacers in four games. Against the Bucks, several experts still favored them to win given the significant experience they have over Giannis Antetokounmpo and crew.
Though they won the first game, the succeeding games revealed a lost and confused squad. Irving had no answer to the Bucks’ stifling defense. Stevens, too, seemed to offer no solution on how to contain the Greek Freak.
As they enter into the offseason, not only do they need to get some ample rest, but Stevens and crew may need to reevaluate their whole team.