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  • Celtics blew a 24 point lead and fell to the Belgians in OT, 1 21 15.

  • With the loss, Boston drops back to 515 15 on the season there, now seven and 10 on the road.

  • And Brad Stevens is concerned.

  • Stephen A.

  • Rightfully so.

  • So tell me this.

  • Who do you think most to blame for?

  • The Celtics struggles him and Danny H.

  • The fact of the matter is Danny, you know, felt like he had the team in place.

  • He didn't need to really, really go for it.

  • Go for the chip or whatever.

  • There's no shame in trying to build a team around Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown.

  • But you did that, all right, and it's not panning out right now.

  • And I have to look at Brad Stevens because listen, I like Brad Stevens.

  • I think that he's an exceptional basketball mind.

  • I think that when he first arrived, he proved himself to be one of the young, innovative coaches in the game of basketball.

  • He's a class act class personified.

  • I genuinely like him on.

  • I genuinely respect him as a coach and I think anybody who knows anything about basketball has to respect him.

  • But in the end, when you have a star like Jason Tatum and make no mistake about the ladies and gentlemen, that brother is a star.

  • Jayson Tatum is a star.

  • And guess what?

  • So is Jalen Brown.

  • The bottom line is you should be better than a 500 team.

  • Now.

  • Of course, we gotta look a Kemba Walker.

  • He's got to play better.

  • He hasn't been consistent.

  • He's been injury prone.

  • We get all of that play the role.

  • But in the end, he's got to play better.

  • It's upto Brad Stevens to figure that out.

  • And when I look at Brad Stevens, here's what I see.

  • I see a guy that knows the game of basketball that coaches.

  • But off my question is the motivational skills that he has available to him in his arsenal.

  • Are you the kind of guy that can galvanize the troops and maximize the potential around you?

  • Of course he's respected.

  • Of course.

  • We look at him and know that he knows the game of basketball.

  • He knows what the hell he's doing, But I'm talking about that.

  • That leader of men that's able to appeal something out of you that you might not even know is inside of yourself.

  • The great great coaches figured out a way to do that over the years.

  • It would be Phil Jackson, the Zen master.

  • It would be Pat Riley.

  • The winner within it would be Mr Fix it, the great Larry Brown, who doesn't get mentioned enough.

  • Who's all of Famer?

  • You know, the Chuck Daly's of the world, God rest his soul on what he was able to do with the Detroit Pistons.

  • The list goes on and on.

  • The great Popovich is.

  • Of course, we can't forget to mention him.

  • It's something about you as a coach when you shove aside the excess and knows because everybody knows what the other is doing that's able to peel something out from inside of you and say, Okay, I'm a maximize the potential, even the potential you didn't know you have.

  • That is the element I have not seen from Brad Stevens.

  • And I think the Celtics have reached the point where now it's called upon toe.

  • Find out whether or not Brad Stevens has that little extra something in him to get that little extra something from his players, the players around Jalen Brown and Jason Tatum.

  • I have not seen that yet, and as a result, I think you're gonna hear a lot of noise about Brad Stevens.

  • If this stuff continues in Boston, with these guys struggling, you're gonna hear a lot of people talking about why have we raved about Brad, Steven so much?

  • They're going to be asking that question.

  • Fair or unfair.

  • You got Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown.

  • This is the sport of basketball.

  • You should not be a 500 team with two studs like that.

  • And I don't think this is a Brad Stevens issue.

  • You want to blame someone off the court.

  • You could blame Danny Age and Danny Ainge blamed himself a couple days ago.

  • He talked about roster construction here.

  • They have to make a move.

  • I'm gonna get to that in a second.

  • You want to blame someone on the court?

  • You can blame Kemba Walker because but it's it's which is Look, he has a bad knee.

  • Kemba has a bad knee and he is known as a tough guy and a real leader.

  • And so my sense is that a lot of guys probably wouldn't be playing if Kemba is playing like this as a result of the of the knee.

  • But of course he wants toe.

  • He wants to play through.

  • Look, the Celtics as constructed.

  • They're a good team, and it's not that they're not a deep team like Robert Williams.

  • That's a fine.

  • You know.

  • He can really long and he can play defense and and Thais is a good player and they have good players.

  • Marcus Smart was out right now is a good player, but these are all essentially defensive players.

  • When you look at the roster, it's not deep offensively.

  • You have two excellent wings in Tatum and Brown and you're right, Stephen.

  • It's more than a lot of teams have.

  • But a lot of other teams would have more depth in terms of various players who can score, Obviously not on that level, but who can go get you some some points get, go, get you some buckets.

  • Celtics don't have that.

  • They're really relying on Kemba Toby, that other guy offensively and when he's not, where do the Celtics get the points from?

  • It's hard, you know, like where?

  • Where do the Celtics get the points from, if not Tatum and Brown.

  • And it's not like Tatum and Brown are giving you the points.

  • It's not like Brad Stevens isn't doing things to create opportunities for them, and Thio kind of optimize to maximize what they have.

  • He is, and they are.

  • They're great and everyone knows it.

  • But who else is there?

  • It's supposed to be Kemba.

  • If Kemba is right, we talk about big threes.

  • That's a legit Big Three.

  • If Kemba is right, he has not been Kemba Walker.

  • And when Kemba shoots like he does last night, you're not gonna win.

  • Ah, couple games ago, then you might win, right?

  • That's what it is.

  • I can't look at Brad Stevens and say, That's on him.

  • I'll say it's I don't even like to say it's on Kemba because I think he's hurt.

  • But if you want to blame someone on the who's actually playing, you can point to Kemba Walker when he doesn't hit shots.

  • Very tough for them to win.

  • You wanna point someone off the court?

  • Danny Ainge.

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Celtics blew a 24 point lead and fell to the Belgians in OT, 1 21 15.

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Stephen A. reacts to the Celtics blowing a 24-point lead to the Pelicans, calls out Brad Stevens

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