Brad Stevens deserves all the credit for dealing with all these injuries
67 games into the season, the Boston Celtics are 46-21. 67 games into the season, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris, Marcus Smart, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis, and Aron Baynes have missed a total of 128 games. How is Brad Stevens not at the very top of the list when it comes to Coach of the Year honors?
According to multiple reports, Theis is out for the season with a torn meniscus. Additionally, Smart suffered a torn tendon is his right thumb. The Celtics can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries this season.
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Overcoming the Hayward injury was a mentally draining process for Brad Stevens and the entire roster. Who was going to step up to the challenge in his absence? Who was going to replace the All-Star? Brad Stevens gave Brown and Jayson Tatum all of the confidence in the world, which ultimately put them in positions to succeed individually and collectivley. Morris and Smart being out for periods of time was also difficult. The Celtics missed the former Marcus when it came to offensive production, while they missed the latter Marcus on the defensive end of the floor. Yet, Brad Stevens kept plugging away with guys like Brown and Tatum, and Terry Rozier as well.
Honestly, Stevens deserves the majority of the credit when it comes to the record that the Celtics have. He lets his guys play free, puts them in positions to succeed, and makes the necessary adjustments throughout games. He has the entire package. His mood is constant and he hardly ever complains about the situations that the team has dealt with throughout the season. He simply gets the job done with the cards that he is dealt.
Perhaps the Theis injury will open up playing time for Greg Monroe or Semi Ojeleye. You know that Shane Larkin and Rozier will be ready if Smart misses an extended period of time. Whether it is Kyrie Irving, or the last guy sitting on the bench, Brad Stevens won’t change his demeanor or his outlook on the team. He just keeps on coaching, no matter who it is.