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Brian Robb: Cavs blow 22-point lead and lose to Pacers 97-95. They have dropped 7 of 9 overall and are now seven games back of the Celtics in the East standings with 40 games to play.
Kyrie Irving tried to explain what separates Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens during an appearance on JJ Redick’s podcast Friday. “What is it that makes him so great?” asked Redick, the Philadelphia 76ers guard. “Because everybody for a couple of years it was like, oh, Brad runs great ATOs — after timeout plays. Like, he’s got great ATOs, great set pieces. Is it in-game stuff, is it discipline, what is it?” “He brings the ultimate unwavering confidence, yet so chill, but assertive, demanding, but he does it in the just most unique way,” Irving replied. “And it’s like almost bringing college to the NBA. I feel like we’re a very professional team, but the way we run things and the way we demand excellence out of each other is something like being on a college team. Just our film study, our preparation, our walkthroughs, our shootarounds. “He has adjusted to the NBA life but yet he still remains and has the high-character integrity of being that up-and-coming college coach that he was. And he was great in college, and then made the transition into the league. He didn’t necessarily have the best of teams, but he demanded excellence out of them, and he was always unwavering, he was always chill. And he demands it out of you. I keep saying demands, but… You want to play for him, you want to do it.”
JJ Redick followed up by asking Irving if he had any comparisons for Stevens. “No. No,” Kyrie Irving said. “Anybody, no. He’s Brad Stevens. And when you’re doing that, that means you’ve done something special. And he has yet to be on the plateau of a championship winner but he’s definitely on his way.”