As we talked about late last week. Brad Stevens will be enduring his first trade deadline with the Celtics. Stevens discussed the deadline today in Phoenix.
"I’m not anticipating that, nor am I looking at that," Stevens said. "I’m looking at the guys that are here. And I have been looking at the guys that are here the whole time, and told them that today. I think the trading deadline is going to be full of rumors and part of it is because there’s a deadline on Thursday, more are going to be created.
"What we’ve got to do is, ‘OK, this is where we are.’ I like our locker room. I like the vibe of our locker room and so I’m focused on the guys that are here. The other part is I’m fortunate that’s my job. I get to focus on the guys that are here. I haven’t put too much time thinking about things that aren’t."
Brad does know his boss is Ainge? I understand Stevens on this, he needs to focus on the players that are still in green. He also needs to get ready for the upcoming games. Stevens has taken everything in stride, and with great professionalism. For his sake, and for ours. Lets hope that any move Ainge pulls off benefits everyone, and makes sense. On a basketball note, Stevens talked about the Celtics on the court, and where they stand on the defensive end.
"Right now, and we’ve kind of been in this little area where we are a top 14-15 defense in the league, and can we become a little bit better over the course of the next two months? That’s a goal of mine. Then offensively, the same thing. Where we can become so that we’re getting the very most out of our personnel. And I know we’ve talked about that all year, but just a time to kind of rewind, look at some tape of some old games. You’re not looking at the next opponent for seven straight days, you’re looking at yourself as much and identifying a few areas where you can talk to guys about where we can go."
This season hasn't been about in depth scouting reports, and not about the team that they play that night. In Stevens mind, their playing each other. This team has one focus, and that's to continue to work on the system that Stevens has in place.