HoopsHype Brad Stevens rumors

January 23, 2014 Updates

Never mind. The Celtics won. Jeff Green put the team on his shoulders and scored a season-high 39 points, while the Wizards wilted with a display of selfish basketball. Boston blew a 19-point first-half lead, but Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday night for the 113-111 victory that snapped a 10-game road losing streak. ‘‘Lot of reasons to give up,’’ Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ‘‘And they didn’t do that.’’ Green shot early and often, finishing with career-highs in 3-pointers attempted (16) and made (8). Rookie Phil Pressey added a career-high 20 points. The Celtics played without Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless and at one point had Chris Johnson and Vander Blue, both on 10-day contracts, on the floor together in the second quarter. ‘‘I just put myself in the position where I had to be the man to carry the team and shoot the ball,’’ Green said. ‘‘So that’s what I did.’’ Boston Globe

January 15, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics excused veteran guard Keith Bogans indefinitely on Tuesday due to personal reasons, but coach Brad Stevens wouldn't elaborate much on his status before Wednesday's game. "I don’t really want to get into too many specifics," Stevens said. "He’s obviously been excused from the team for now. He’s still under contract here. I personally like Keith and that’s where I’ll leave it." Does Stevens expect Bogans back with the team? "Undecided, unknown," Stevens said. ESPN.com

January 14, 2014 Updates

“I would probably support a change in the rule that would call it intentional or call it like it would be called int he last two minutes,” admitted Stevens. “But because it’s a rule and usually if a guy’s making one out of two, it makes you think twice. To his credit, he made one almost every time up to the foul line. But we were scoring, and so we were getting a plus-one in about 10 or 15 seconds off the clock for the better part of three or four possessions. And then we went dry, and that’s when the two-minute mark hit anyways and we really couldn’t do it anymore.” WEEI.com

Boston started fast, but faded quickly. The Rockets dominated the middle quarters, built a 20-point lead, then navigated a Hack-a-Howard attempt and a Celtics charge before emerging with a 104-92 triumph at TD Garden. Asked about the challenges coming off the road trip, Stevens opened his postgame news conference by immediately discarding the notion of fatigue. "I told our guys afterward, I don't want to be the team that talks about the travel and then having to play," Stevens said. Later he added, "I don't want to be the team that uses that. Is it a reality? Is it a factor? Might be. But is it something that I want to talk about? No. I don't think that way, and I think that's why you have 14 guys -- go after each opportunity." ESPN.com

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“News to me. That’s what I would say. I have not heard that from him or from anybody that would have that information,” Stevens said before meeting the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. “We’ve never talked about a specific date. It’s been, ‘Hey, when you feel like you’re close then we’ll talk at that point. I’ve never talked to him about that, nor have I heard from our organization that there’s a date that’s been targeted.” Booth Newspapers

January 9, 2014 Updates

Brad Stevens, due to the quality play of Kris Humphries, brought Sullinger off the bench against the Clippers. For the moment, that appears to be an ongoing plan. Sullinger said he accepts the role change. "That's absolutely fine with me," said Sullinger. "(Stevens) said there may be times when they change things with me coming off the bench." Boston Herald

Ainge is impressed with what he has seen from Stevens, too. “I love Brad,” he says. “He is a very hard worker, an easy guy to communicate with, for me and with all of our players. He’s a great coach. There’s a learning curve, for sure, going from college to the NBA. But Brad is a very quick study, and he has great support around him from his staff and the players.” Portland Tribune

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December 31, 2013 Updates

"It’s not really a rehab assignment as much as to get your wind," said Stevens. "It’s going to be his call on those things. We talked about it with him and in our offices. I think he will end up doing that at some point, and I think from a conditioning standpoint, and from a game-simulation standpoint, both in practice -- they’ve got a few more days between games to be able to practice a lot of times -- and maybe even in a game, that would be good for people." ESPN.com

It appears more likely that Rondo would join the Claws on assignment in order to get practice reps than game action, though that's an option. Stevens admitted he's uncertain if Rondo would appear in games. "No idea if he plays in a game or not, it may just be practice," said Stevens. "That’s all to be determined. And still very much just a talking point more so than a certainty." ESPN.com

December 30, 2013 Updates

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