WATCH: Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens Perfectly Impersonates Carmelo Anthony

Published 02/04/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens gestures from the bench during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics continued their poor form after losing to the Sacramento Kings last night. It was a narrow five-point loss which makes their record 11-9 now. During the game, coach Brad Stevens had a Carmelo Anthony moment from 2019.

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In the fourth quarter, Jaylen Brown attempted a layup but Kings’ Richaun Holmes swatted it away. The ball directly fell towards Stevens, who was about to take a pull-up jump shot, but then he faked and appealed for a goaltend on the block. It was identical to when Melo got the ball during Dwyane Wade’s final game at the Barclays Center.

Brad Stevens thought about it 😅 pic.twitter.com/TOqk4fXyjR

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 4, 2021

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Melo had been sitting courtside in his classic hoodie look, along with the rest of the Banana Boat crew. He caught the ball, went to the line to take a shot, but just pump-faked and left. Chris Paul and LeBron James cheered him and were upset he didn’t take the shot.

Brad Stevens really did the Melo pump fake 😂 pic.twitter.com/jVFk9s9jlH

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 4, 2021

Were the Boston Celtics robbed of a call by the referees?

In the game against the Kings, the Celtics were appealing for a goaltend on Holmes. The ball was on its way down and a slow-motion replay could confirm it. The score was 96-93 at that point, and the Celtics were ahead by three. If it was called a goaltend, the Celtics would have led by five points and could have been six if an and-one was called.

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Instead, it was just called a foul, and Brown made only one out of his two free throws. The Kings began a run with De’Aaron Fox’s layup and never trailed afterward. The Celtics started their Western Conference road trip with a win over the Warriors but surprisingly fell to the Kings last night.

February 3, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the basketball against Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics have been terribly inconsistent throughout the season and have dealt with inefficiency recently. Jayson Tatum shot just 42% from the field and a miserable 2-10 from three. His co-star Jaylen Brown struggled too and was 7-18 from the field. The rest of the team didn’t offer much support either.

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Tremont Waters went 1-8 and Jeff Teague went 1-6 to make matters worse. The schedule is only getting tougher for the Celtics now, as they face the LA Clippers in their next game. It is likely to be another loss for them unless they step up as a team.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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