Celtics HC Brad Stevens has quite the bold statement on the Nets
A date has been cemented in for the Boston Celtics with the Brooklyn Nets after Jayson Tatum dropped a 50 piece on the Washington Wizards in the play-in tournament. The Nets earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference while the Celtics clinched the No. 7 spot after defeating Washington on Tuesday.
As the Celtics now shift their attention and focus to the Nets, Brad Stevens had some lofty praise for the Nets in terms of historical presence.
Via NESN.com, Stevens said this about the Nets super team:
“We’ve been backs against the wall most of the year. And to have to play tonight to get into the playoffs just to earn the right to play probably the most talented team that’s been assembled since I’ve been in the NBA, it takes a lot of effort.” – Brad Stevens.
The suggestion that the Nets are the most talented team to have ever been assembled gets the mind wandering to other super teams of the past. The Celtics themselves had quite the “Big 3” with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen back in the late 2000’s. Other teams like LeBron James’ Miami Heat come to mind and even the Warriors teams that had Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
There’s no doubting the Celtics will be up against it when they square off with Brooklyn, and Stevens didn’t sound too chipper about the matchup.
“We know that challenge is, those guys are the best of the best. Going into that, if I’m just a general fan of the NBA, I have a hard time seeing them lose. We’re going to have to play great. We’re going to have to play great together.” – Brad Stevens.
It would be quite the first round upset if the Celtics were able to take out the Nets in a best-of-seven series. However, in a year that seems to be wide open with no clear cut favorite, anything is possible.