Brad Stevens' Celtics post first back-to-back winning months; nominated for East's top coach in March
Players celebrate a three-pointer from Avery Bradley, Steven's continues to coach hard as always.
I've got news for you, Boston fans. Regardless of whether or not they make the playoffs, your Celtics are an above average team in the NBA.
The C's went 7-4 in February, the team's first winning month since the departures of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers in 2013. But it was a short month made even shorter by an extended All-Star break, and there was a chance that small 11-game sample was simply an anomaly.
However, Brad Stevens followed that up by guiding his club to a 10-8 record in March, earning him a Coach of the Month nomination:
Brad Stevens again nominated for Eastern Conferences coach of the month for March. Cleveland's Blatt wins award.
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) April 1, 2015
Two months is no longer a hot streak, it's just the way things are. Boston is 17-11 in its last 28 games--over one-third of the full 82-game schedule. Here are the league standings since February 3:
In addition to their absurd success on the second night of back-to-backs (nine wins in 10 games and five straight away from home), the Celtics have now won six of their last nine road contests overall. They also have 15 total road wins this season, which is more than the 2012-13 PP/KG/Doc team (41-40, 14-27 away) finished with.