Boston Celtics’ Coach Brad Stevens Not Worried About Shooting Concerns After Loss To Detroit Pistons

Published 01/01/2021, 10:19 PM EST
Dec 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts during the fourth quarter of a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


Boston Celtics’ start to the season has become even more wobbly as the contenders have fallen to a .500 record to start the season. 6 games in, the Boston Celtics have three wins and three losses. However, the loss that they had tonight was more telling of their situation.

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The Detroit Pistons got their first win of the season over Boston in a tight-scoring game where neither team got to 100 points. While the Pistons do struggle with their offensive firepower, the Celtics usually don’t. However, the team went scoreless for the last 4 minutes and 15 seconds of the game, missing 11 consecutive shots to doom themselves to this loss. Coach Brad Stevens had to address this.

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Stevens also believes that there was some divine intervention at work that condemned his team to this performance, believing that this was karmic punishment for their poor start to the game.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown did combine for over 50 points, but them disappearing in the clutch is something that will become an issue if it is a regular occurrence. Hopefully, they got their bad game of the season out of the way now.

Boston Celtics: Anything to be worried about?

Not yet. The Celtics are one of the better teams in the league and currently aren’t at full-strength.

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Kemba Walker‘s NBA return is approaching soon and having him as the floor general will help this relatively young team. However, it is hard to dissect what went wrong in those final few minutes of the game.

Jan 1, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Josh Jackson (20) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The shots weren’t bad shots, but they just couldn’t find their way through the net. It is one of those things you would see on NBA 2K by the CPU if you change the sliders to 100% shot difficulty. Even the good shots didn’t make it in.

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However, most teams would die to have the offensive talent that Boston does. This is still a young team that needs to figure out making the right plays in these moments. Hopefully, this game serves as a learning experience for the players and not an indicator of things to come.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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