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With the Celtics clinching a playoff berth thanks to a Nets loss last night, everyone is jumping for joy about the playoff bound C's.
Some, including the folks at USA Today, are even going so far as making the argument for Coach Brad Stevens as the best coach in the league this year.
How did he do it?
Seriously. How did he do it? How did Brad Stevens coach the Boston Celtics to the 7-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs?
The Celtics clinched a playoff spot on Monday night when the Nets were beaten by the Chicago Bulls. This sets the Celtics up for a probable first-round matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Or perhaps a series against the Hawks if the Celtics lose last two and Pacers win last two.)
Will they lose in the first round of the playoffs? Undoubtedly. But the fact that Brad Stevens coached them here means he should win the NBA Coach of the Year.
Whether or not Stevens wins the award (he won't) you can 't help but marvel at the performance he's gotten out of a ragtag group of nobodies. This sort of recognition and praise from a national publication in only his second year with the team speaks volumes.
Nate Scott's argument in the article is essentially to just list the names of the players who regularly play for the Celtics and then to remind you that this is a team that has made the playoffs.
Hard to argue with that!
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@MichaelASaver Michael Saver 4/14/2015 11:21:00 AM Tweet Edit