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Brad Stevens says Celtics’ ‘vibe’ has been great

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The Boston Celtics have lost five of their last six games ahead of Tuesday’s showdown with the Golden State Warriors, but count head coach Brad Stevens in the camp of those who aren’t feeling the heat. In fact, according to the Celtics’ man in charge, everything is A-OK in Beantown, saying via Jay King of The Athletic, “Our vibe’s been great the last couple of days, probably the best it’s been in a while to be quite honest.”

Boston’s scuffles both on and off the court have been highly publicized of late with team chemistry concerns abound. But in Stevens’ mind, his roster is under control, even if it seems anything but from the outside.

The Celtics enter play Tuesday fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. It would take a wild sequence of events for them to fall off that spot, although they remain just three games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 4 seed. Essentially, while they haven’t officially locked up a playoff spot, they can get ready for a playoff run barring a collapse that would redefine that very word.

It was less than a year ago that Stevens was at the helm as his squad, sans Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, was a game away from playing in the NBA Finals. Fast-forwarded to March 2019 and the Celtics are in the midst of a stout Eastern Conference playoff battle, one even more daunting when considering the buzz that has permeated the club of late. But according to Stevens, it’s all good. Time will tell if it really is.