Brad Stevens Rumors

Even before the Celtics hung 46 first-quarter and 74 first-half points on his team, Kings coach George Karl gushed about them. Karl may be running low on supporters in Sacramento — at least in the team’s front office — but he’s winning over supporters in Boston (or maybe just atoning for his post-world championships verbal sparring with Paul Pierce back in 2002). “Coach Stevens does a great job of pushing buttons and keeping everyone highly motivated,” said Karl. “They’re a fun team. I watched three films on them. The Cleveland game — because we play Cleveland [Monday] — [and] I’ll tell you what, they have a chance against Cleveland.”