Brad Stevens Expected Boston Celtics’ Poor Start to the NBA Season

Published 01/03/2021, 5:15 AM EST
Dec 18, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) exchanges jerseys with Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) at the end of the game at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics have gotten off to an inconsistent start this season. They started their season with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks, but soon quickly got their first loss. The Celtics currently sit with a 3-3 record in the Eastern Conference after a mixed opening week of the NBA.

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Brad Stevens didn’t expect the Celtics to start well

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens was asked about their start to the season so far. Despite some disappointing losses, Steven revealed that he is not surprised by their season. He said, “Exactly what I thought it would be like. … I think being in it, this was pretty predictable. And it’s going to continue to be challenging.”

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The Celtics will look to find more consistency this season. After the demise of the trio of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, the Celtics have now found a new young core that could lead them to an NBA championship. Stars like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker could be the future of the Celtics, as they continue to improve.

Boston Celtics have an exciting core

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For the past few seasons, the Celtics have been a continued threat in the Eastern Conference. Of the last three conference finals, the Celtics have been to two of them. However, they did just not have enough to defeat the eventual NBA Finalists those respective years. But the core showed how exciting the future can be for the Celtics.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) attempts a basket in between Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Despite their historic legacy in the NBA, the Celtics have not reached the NBA Finals in 10 years, since their defeat to the Lakers. For a franchise as successful as the Celtics, they are not used to not being in contention for an NBA championship. They have a solid roster of players who can lead them back to the mountaintop.

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The next few years are crucial for Boston. They must surround Tatum and Brown with the appropriate pieces in order for them to maximize their success. The duo is an exciting prospect for the Celtics and could be the catalyst for the Celtics to become NBA champions once again. But they need the right support to be able to reach their full potential in the NBA.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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