SOURCE WALTHAM, Mass. — A Boston Celtics staffer walked into coach Brad Stevens’ office Tuesday morning with a printout that detailed all the possible playoff scenarios in the traffic-jammed Eastern Conference. It turned out to be a waste of ink and paper.
“I said, ‘Would you mind throwing that away?'” Stevens said before the team’s afternoon practice on Tuesday. “Like, it’s a headache to even try to figure out.”
Stevens, a card-carrying member of the “focus on what you can control” club doesn’t see any benefit to obsessing over what might happen on the final day of the regular season. His singular focus is on trying to snap his Celtics out of a 5½ -quarter funk that robbed his team of the chance to control of where it lands in the playoff seedings.
A win alone over the Miami Heat in Wednesday’s regular-season finale will not be good enough to secure Boston home-court advantage in Round 1. The Celtics would need some help from the Atlanta Hawks as well. Otherwise, Boston will be packing its bags and heading on the road as the fifth or sixth seed.
I absolutely love this move by Brad Stevens. A coaches mentality at this point in the season is to just win every game you play not looking at who’s up a half of a game on who. he doesn’t need to sit there and try and map out who he wants to play in the first round. He just needs to win the last game of the season tonight against the Miami Heat. I think that sometimes teams outsmart themselves at this point into a season and can make dumb decisions based on future “scenarios.” Even the great Bill Belichick fell into that trap last season when he basically threw that game against the Dolphins. If the Patriots had played that game like every other regular season game they would have won and the AFC championship game would have been played in New England. Brad Stevens is playing it smart right now with the Celtics as he has done all season. he understands thatthe team has to be good enough to win a playoff round before they can be choosy about who they play. The Celtics are good enough to beat any of the 3 teams they could potentially face come the postseason. That intern who brought Brad that playoff bracket must have felt pretty silly and emasculated when leaving his office. Let’s just get a win in Miami tonight and then we will talk about who is going to be on the court come round 1.