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Thomas came off the bench for Brad Stevens and scored 21 points in just 25 minutes of action before hitting the showers early. The point guard also filled up all areas of the box score with his stat line, posting five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He shot efficiently from the field (6-of-13), the 3-point line (3-of-7) and tied a team-high with seven free throw attempts. Despite the strong play, Brad Stevens was understandably disappointed with the ejection, as seen by his immediate reaction. Boston Globe

Though Brad Stevens downplayed the chance that Jared Sullinger will need surgery in his recovery from a metatarsal fracture in his left foot, it’s clear that the big Celtics forward will have to adhere to a strict conditioning program. Asked about the 280-pound Sullinger’s battle with weight and how it might affect his rehabilitation, the Celtics coach replied that the rehab process will indeed be arduous. “The biggest thing is that he continues to really work on conditioning, because that is really important, but he’s going to have to rehab in some unique ways,” Stevens said yesterday. Boston Herald

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“He grows like every three minutes,” quipped Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens isn’t too far off the mark with Antetokounmpo having grown two inches to 6-foot-11 since the Bucks drafted him in 2013 with the 15th overall pick. “He is unique,” Stevens said. “His length … everyone talks about length as a buzz word in basketball, but then there’s him or a couple of guys like him. There’s not that many. He has a chance to be special.” CSNNE.com

February 7, 2015 Updates

So does Stevens ultimately want to bring that style to Boston? The head coach pointed out that Maine's roster is stacked with shooters. And until quick point guard Tim Frazier signed a 10-day contract with Philadelphia, he penetrated the lane to get the outside party started. "It's something that obviously you look at some of the best teams in the NBA right now, the two that are playing tonight -- Golden State and Atlanta -- they're shooting everywhere," Stevens said. "Any time you've got a group like that, that's what you'll stress." Booth Newspapers

February 2, 2015 Updates

Colleague Jackie MacMullan wrote this week wondering if the Patriots were the Spurs of the NBA. Stevens has embraced the opportunity to learn from Popovich when the Spurs and Celtics cross paths, and Stevens noted a desire to pick Belichick's brain down the road. Asked about those text message exchanges between Boston pro coaches, Stevens said the messages are, "More just encouragement; more just checking in and encouragement, more than anything else. First of all, it would be one-sided if it was about coaching. It would be me asking him what the heck to do. So, hopefully I’ll get a chance to sit down at some point in the future and talk to him. Obviously he’s incredible." ESPN.com

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Ainge is in his 12th season as president of basketball operations, and the summer before last he commenced a major roster reconstruction with the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The frequency of transactions has accelerated in recent weeks as the Celts gather draft picks and shed salary. “I feel like I love what we’re doing,” Ainge told the Herald. “I think that we have a big task and a real challenge ahead of us, and I love the challenge. I’m ready for the long haul, and we’re prepared to do it as quickly as we can. But I’m also ready to do it the long way of developing players into a good team. From my standpoint, I’m enjoying it. “I love what I do. I love the people I work with, and I think we just all take it a year at a time. But right now I’m looking at it as a phase. I plan on being here for a while, and I plan on Brad (Stevens) being our coach for a while, and I plan on us turning this thing around.” Boston Herald

January 20, 2015 Updates

While Prince's future in Boston very much remains unclear (the Celtics could trade him or work out a buyout of this, the final year of his contract), Stevens said he would love to have Prince stay with the Celtics for the remainder of this season. "He (Prince) impacts winning," Stevens said. "He impacts you in the right way." CSNNE.com

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