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Brad Stevens says Celtics don’t ‘value possessions’ at the level needed to be a good team

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After surviving the Indiana Pacers last night, the Boston Celtics didn’t seem to have enough gas in the tank to fight the gritty Brooklyn Nets, as they ended up getting blown out at the Barclays Center 110-96.

The Celtics’ roller-coaster season continues, and it is pretty obvious with the way head coach Brad Stevens describes them every game. After saying that Boston played with a lot of purpose against Indy, Stevens told reporters in Brooklyn that they don’t value possessions the way they are expected to.

“Yeah I was really frustrated with the — I don’t think we value possessions at the level that we need to to be a good team,” Stevens said, per John Karalis of MassLive.com.

“And I get it, we played really hard last night, last night was a tough game but every possession all year matters. And we haven’t been great at that. That’s one of the things that if we’re going to make it anywhere significant, they all have to matter equally. Offensively, defensively, moving it, all of those things.”

Brad Stevens and the Celtics have high expectations this season, but they haven’t shown enough consistency to prove that they have what it takes to be a championship contender. Yes, they are now the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and could possibly end up with a home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but with the way they’ve been playing, it’s hard not to doubt them.

Boston remains pretty confident that they will be better in the postseason, but at this point, it’s all they could do.