After a Sunday practice session, Stevens told reporters his thoughts on the team's offensive output, per John Karalis of Masslive.com.
“[The offense is] probably not too far from what I thought. Our offense has been good in the last two months. We’ve had moments defensively where we haven’t been. I think when we come back to full health, that will be a positive, but at the same time, I’m more encouraged than discouraged. The record being what it is, I think we’ve got a lot of room to still improve, but we also have shown that we can do a few things.”
The Celtics' offense ranks 10th best in the league per NBA advanced stats, putting up an average of 110.4 points per game.
Their defense is better, ranking 4th in the league in average points allowed. However, Stevens is most disappointed with the defense because he knows the team is easily capable of being the best defensive team in the NBA.
The Celtics have a wealth of players that are known to be good defenders, including Marcus Smart and Al Horford. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are young players who show enormous defensive potential.
Coach Steven's endpoint is that if the offense continues at this rate and the defense steps up, the Celtics should be a dangerous playoff team and potentially make a run all the way to the NBA Finals.