Brad Stevens doesn’t look at the road or home angle in games
When it comes to the Boston Celtics this 2017-18 NBA postseason while playing games on the road, it is no secret that they have noticeably struggled compared to their home games at TD Garden.
However, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is not going to let Boston’s lopsided 116-86 loss on Saturday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road pass as an excuse for his team’s poor play during Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena.
“In my 11 years as a head coach, I probably haven’t talked about road and home five times with our team,” coach Stevens said during his postgame press conference. “It’s about how you plan in between the lines. If you start talking about that, you find excuses in both places. We can’t play like we played tonight, no matter where we play.”
Brad Stevens playing on the road is no excuse for Celtics' Game 3 blowout loss to Cavaliers: "In my 11 years as a head coach, I probably haven't talked about road and home five times with our team… If you start talking about that, you find excuses in both places." pic.twitter.com/HIkEJfJy8P
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 20, 2018
Saturday night was quite forgettable for the Celtics, especially when it comes to their own 3-point shooting (6-of-22 from behind the arc) compared to the Cavs’ impressive 17-of-34 outing as a team from 3-point range.
Down 2-0 to Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals entering Game 3, Cleveland looked like a completely different and more disciplined team on both offense and defense. The Cavs also managed to give superstar forward LeBron James much more help on offense, as five other Cavs scored in double figures to back up James’ game-high 27 points, 12 assists, and five rebounds on the night.
The Celtics will try to get its act together on the road in an attempt to take Game 3 on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena in hopes of taking a 3-1 series lead back home to TD Garden.