Brad Stevens sees loss to Spurs as a good thing now that Celtics move the ball well
The Boston Celtics won their fourth game in a row when they hosted the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Boston blew out the Pacers 135-108, and after the game, head coach Brad Stevens attributed the team’s play as of late to the last game they lost.
On Dec. 31, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Celtics, 120-111, but since then Boston’s defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Dallas Mavericks, the Brooklyn Nets and now the Pacers all by double digits.
After their 27 point win tonight, according to Jay King of The Athletic, Stevens said:
“I think playing the Spurs was probably a good thing for our team” because of how well they moved the ball against the Celtics.
San Antonio had 27 assists in their win against Boston, DeMar DeRozan lead them with ten, but the Celtics actually had 30 that night.
After the win, Kyrie Irving told King:
“I probably won’t have to score 30 until we play one of the best teams in the league — or, if any — until the playoffs. So I’m happy about that.”
Irving had 12 points, but there were three other Celtics who scored over 20, and four, including Kyrie who had more than 10.
Despite some early struggles, the Celtics are still the fifth seed in the East, and 4.5 games out of first at 25-15. They are, however, still looking up at the Pacers who are three seed and have a record of 27-14. However, Boston trails on the Milwaukee Bucks in NetRtg this season according to NBA.com/stats.
The Celtics will be in Miami to face the Heat tomorrow night.