The players that Danny brought in fit Brad's style and system. The two best players heading into the season are no longer in green. That's all I'll say on that.
"I just told the guys in the locker room I have to look at it, really – I have to look at it objectively but I also subjectively. I think the biggest thing that I take away is that it’s a disappointing loss. But I really like the guys in our locker room, and I’m looking forward to working with them the next time we’re together to work. Because they’re trying to play the right way. We really got swallowed up by that small lineup that they put out on the floor, and at the same time – it’s like I told them in there – you forced the hand of the best team in the league to play it that way.
And so hopefully we can keep growing and getting better, but we’ve got to play better. You know, take advantage of more opportunities late in the game and throughout their comeback, and we just didn’t do that. You know, 20-whatever we were up in the first half felt like three to me, and 16 at halftime feels like two against those guys. They just come back so fast."
Stevens has shown that he's an NBA coach. I called him out and Ainge out this past year, but what do I know? This team is playing at a high level. This team is fun, and I love to watch them out there every night. I truly hope the Celtics and Rondo have happy endings, and I'm sorry for dwelling on the trade stuff. But I'm a Rondo guy.
"Well, since we’ve been together eight days, I would say that everything we do better lead to progress tomorrow. But I don’t know; I think obviously we’re all disappointed in the loss, but we did a lot of good things today."