Celtics Brad Stevens’ candid take following win over Raptors
The Boston Celtics pulled off a huge win on Friday, defeating the defending champs — the Toronto Raptors — in a 122-100 blowout. After the game, C’s head coach Brad Stevens was asked to comment about his team’s victory, and the 43-year-old credited his team’s mindset entering the game.
According to Stevens, he’s delighted with how the Celtics came into the contest focused on the task at hand:
“I think the biggest thing was that we were ready to play,” Stevens said, via the Celtics. “… We have to be locked in, we have to be dialed in, and we have to be good defensively.”
The trio of Kemba Walker, Jayon Tatum, and Jaylen Brown were all great in this one, combining for 55 points and 10 triples between them. Boston big man Daniel Theis also had quite an evening, logging an impressive 11-point, 11-rebound double-double, with two triples, three assists, and a block.
This makes it two straight lopsided victories for the Celtics following their 149-115 thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. This was an important win for Boston as they continue to strengthen their grip on the third spot in the East. They currently have a three-game advantage over the fourth-seeded Miami Heat.
Sitting at the second spot in the Eastern Conference are the Raptors, who themselves have a four-and-a-half-game advantage over Boston. Mathematically, the C’s can still steal that second spot from Toronto, but it will also require the Raptors to lose a couple more games from here on out.