Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens hopes his team values every possession as the 2018-19 NBA regular season nears its conclusion.
The Celtics mentor used baseball analogy to drive his point home, saying that the team is hitting some home runs and singles instead of staying consistent throughout.
Brad Stevens: “I think we have some home run hitters, and I think we always talk about hitting singles. Your hope is, as we get closer here to the end of the season, that we really, really again value what each possession means.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 1, 2019
Brad Stevens' comments come in the wake of Boston's recent slump, having lost five of its last seven games. This is certainly not a good time to go on a funk.
Nonetheless, the Celtics are averaging 112.4 points (14th) while shooting 46.5 percent from the field (13th) and 36.5 percent from 3-point distance (sixth).
More impressively, they're third in the NBA with 12.6 turnovers per game. Only the San Antonio Spurs (11.8) and Charlotte Hornets (11.9) average fewer turnovers.
In spite of Boston's current 45-32 (.584) win-loss record, the team has mainly underachieved in 2018-19. Many experts predicted the Celtics would easily win more than 50 games with the return of Gordon Hayward.
Stevens can only hope Boston values each possession now that the regular season is down to just five games. Every possession counts more from here on out: the Celtics are currently nip-and-tuck with the Indiana Pacers (45-32) for the East's fourth playoff spot.
If the Celtics — who lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals the past two seasons — keep their recent skid in check, they should make some serious noise come playoff time.