The Boston Celtics are 1-0 in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers after a win on Sunday night, with Game 2 taking place later this evening. Many people have praised Brad Stevens as the reason for their success this season despite the adversity the team has faced.
Despite everything which he has gone through this year with the Celtics, Stevens has still managed to guide the team to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row. That's with even their key players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward being injured on the sidelines.
With 55 wins during the regular season as well, Boston has continued to demonstrate that they're one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference under his leadership, but the man himself thinks it's silly for him to be receiving all this praise.
Stevens would much rather see the praise go to the players on the court, as they're the ones that are getting the job done on the court despite everything which is being thrown at them.
Stevens said to Tim MacMahon of ESPN: "It's silly. The praise is uncomfortable, and it's just something that these guys should be getting it all. We all have a role to play, and we all need to play that role as well as we can."
Celtics' Aron Baynes isn't one not to give credit where credit is due, as he sees the comparisons between Stevens and one of the best NBA coaches of all-time in San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich.
Baynes said: "They're both great coaches. There's definitely a similarity between them. They definitely have their own methods as well. There are some comparisons but in a lot of ways they are their own coach, and I'm just lucky to be able to learn from both of them and still learning from Brad a lot."
Stevens might not accept the recognition until he wins the Celtics an NBA title, but he deserves the credit now as Boston has improved their win total in each season under him despite the unforeseen circumstances with the roster due to injury.
Stevens will have a chance to extend his legacy at the franchise when Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and the Cavaliers takes place later this evening at the TD Garden in Boston.
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