Summary of “Zach Lowe on the Boston Celtics’ toughness”

Brett Brown, the Philadelphia 76ers head coach, is fond of saying, “The pass is king.” As the Boston Celtics extended to a 3-0 lead against Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals, making seemingly every big play, some Celtics staffers began whispering their own version: “Toughness is king.”
Stevens had been annoyed by Boston’s approach to Game 3 of its first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, and he wanted his team to play each possession with urgency.
Nurturing such a strong culture while returning only four players from last season’s team is an enormous challenge.
Gather enough tough players and it can have an exponential effect on a team’s collective toughness.
Ainge picks the players, but Stevens is the arbiter of playing time.
In evaluating players, both during games and in film sessions, Stevens is careful with language, according to coaches, players and team higher-ups.
“Honestly, it’s kind of like listening to players blame themselves. He’s like a player. He never whines about the players, just himself.”
Even private kvetching about players among coaches and front-office staff can undo a team.

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Summary of “Celtics playoffs 2018: Brad Stevens out of bounds plays made Philadelphia 76ers look silly twice”

How did we get to the point where the 76ers were fooled by this amazing play? Turns out, they were fooled by it twice.
In these situations – late shot clock, sideline or baseline out of bounds – NBA teams usually switch every screen to prevent any one player from getting open.
Stevens figured the 76ers would switch every screen, so he ran two different screening actions designed to get Embiid out of the lane.
Even though the play failed, Stevens learned something.
To account for that, Stevens had Terry Rozier run as far away from the hoop as possible while his other three players stacked together near the block.
Because the 76ers were switching everything as they did on the previous two sequences, Embiid was standing way out by the free-throw line, ready to pick up whichever Celtic raced out of the pack.
Knowing the entire back side was cleared out, and knowing that Covington would switch onto Horford to deny him the ball, Horford and the Celtics let Covington front him.
Matt Howard May 6, 2018 It takes a brilliant coach to exploit the 76ers’ defense twice on the same kind of play.

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Summary of “The Legend of Brad Stevens”

It’s just the latest instance in which Celtics coach Brad Stevens has managed to squeeze the most out of a limited roster of players on one of the biggest stages in basketball.
As you probably know, Stevens is already widely considered the greatest coach in basketball history.
On James Naismith’s deathbed, he turned to his loved ones and said, “My greatest achievement is inventing the sport that one day Brad Stevens will coach,” which confused everybody, because the name “Brad” wasn’t invented until 1974.
Widely considered the inspiration for Norman Dale in Hoosiers, Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights, and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, Stevens is the first-and to date, only-recipient of the Nobel Prize for coaching.
Give Stevens a ragtag band of NBA players with no stars, and he will advance through the playoffs.
1997: Air Bud You don’t get college coaching jobs fresh out of college, so at 21, Stevens took a volunteer coaching gig-as the head coach for the Fernfield Timberwolves, a middle school team in Washington.
After consulting the rulebook and ensuring that there were no bylaws preventing a dog from playing basketball, Stevens crafted a role specifically for Buddy.
Air Bud never gave any quotes about how Stevens helped his surprisingly prolific career, but he did roll over and allow the coach to rub his belly in the presence of reporters.

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Summary of “The Unlikely Return of Cat Stevens”

Early in a Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Yusuf/Cat Stevens, concert in Boston a couple of years ago, there was a hushed pause in the room as the then sixty-six-year-old performer waited for a stagehand to bring him a guitar in between songs.
For a long time, it has been hard to love the man once known as Cat Stevens.
The man who was Cat Stevens ran Islamic schools for children, spreading the word of Allah, and acted as a spokesperson for Islam.
Yusuf was steadfast about not playing any old Cat Stevens material, save for a select few songs that he could justify in the context of his religious path, such as “The Wind” and “Peace Train.” He had collaborated on a musical called “Moonshadow” that featured actors singing some of his old songs and was having a run in Australia.
I listened to Cat Stevens obsessively, played and sang his songs with friends, hunted down all of his albums.
My adolescent soul despaired, knowing that there would be no more Cat Stevens albums, no more Cat Stevens concerts.
I might reach for a Cat Stevens album on rare occasions, to remind myself of something that I’d once treasured, sometimes surprised that a song or album held up as strongly as it did, but his music was no longer a living thing for me.
Matt Sweeney was a welcome addition on electric guitar, adding a pinch of verve and danger to the mix, but if old concert footage is any indication, Cat Stevens was never one for taking too many risks onstage musically, choosing instead to eschew spontaneity in deference to the arrangements on his studio recordings.

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Summary of “Brad Stevens’ re-recruitment of Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics”

What changed? How exactly did the Celtics get to the point where Gordon Hayward and Al Horford uprooted to sign max deals in Boston? What was it about the Celtics that convinced Kevin Durant to invite members of the team to his exclusive Hamptons recruitment party in the summer of 2016?
Chris Forsberg breaks down how Boston looks with the addition of Gordon Hayward, what’s next and whether Hayward moves the Celtics closer to Cleveland in competing for the East crown.
Although Hayward said he’s not a “Huge baseball guy,” the Celtics used the historic ballpark as the backdrop for an influential video that not only showcased the power of playing in Boston, but also featured clips of rival stars like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant discussing the atmosphere at TD Garden.
Hayward is the son of two Purdue products and Stevens had to really sell his Butler program, especially considering how much Boilermakers gear he used to see Hayward wearing.
The Celtics haven’t had a player like Hayward to pair alongside Thomas the past two seasons: someone who can create his own shot.
Since almost the very moment that Stevens left Butler to take over as head coach of the Celtics on July 3, 2013, there has been chatter among those with ties to the Butler program about whether he and Hayward might eventually work together again.
In the weeks leading up to Hayward’s decision, his phone was bombarded with calls and texts from Butler associates wondering if he thought Hayward might choose Boston.
After news of Hayward’s decision to join Boston emerged, Butler’s men’s basketball account tweeted out a picture of Stevens and Hayward in Butler blue with a hashtag #GoDawgs.

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Summary of “Gordon Hayward and Brad Stevens Have Unfinished Business”

Gordon Hayward is on his way to Boston, but it was quite a bumpy landing.
In one of the more awkward free-agent announcements in the post-Decision era, complete with false alarms, conspiracy theories, and conflicting news-breaking tweets coming one after another, Hayward decided to leave Utah for the Celtics, agreeing to a $128 million deal over four years, with a player option in the fourth year.
The lure of heading East to join forces with former coach Brad Stevens must’ve been too hard for Hayward to pass up.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said July 1 that Hayward was studying “Style of play, cap space, young assets.” Hayward obviously has familiarity with how his old college coach likes to play, Boston will have no cap space next summer, but the team has appealing young players like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and European imports Ante Zizic and Guerschon Yabusele on the way.
Hayward and Stevens have “Occasionally” dined when the Celtics and Jazz have met in the past, according to the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett.
While Hayward has grown close with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, he and Stevens have known each other since Hayward was a teenager.
Utah has ranked last in pace over the past three years during Snyder’s tenure, while the Celtics regularly find themselves in the top half of the NBA. Stevens often has the rebounder motor the ball up the court to initiate the offense, rather than find the primary playmaker, Thomas, which means Hayward will have many more transition scoring chances.
The Celtics run a motion offense, though at a faster tempo, so Hayward will get touches, move the ball, and space the floor.

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