BRAD STEVENS

On his rep as a high-IQ coach:

“I think that’s all overblown with me. I don’t think I have anything to do with that. I think we’ve got really good players that are really smart players. They [were] high-IQ players long before they got here. You look for high-IQ players, and savvy players, period. Because it’s a long year, you see a lot of situations – you have to change on the fly, you have to tweak on a dime.”

JAE CROWDER

On whether the Boston Celtics need a star to be a contender:

“We just had an All-Star. So I don’t know what other superstar you want. But there’s a lot of talk about we need a superstar and stuff like that. But all five guys on the court are so locked in and so engaged that we’re one superstar. We all play together. It’s a scary thing when a team don’t know who to match up to, whose night it’s going to be on the offensive end. And, defensively, we all fight together and play together. It’s a scary approach.”

EVAN TURNER

“I think we’re on our way to being a good team and doing things the right way, and, at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with being a blue collar team. We absolutely play tough. The NBA is supposed to be full of superstars, and we kind of prove it wrong. It’s a situation here where we don’t have four or five quote-unquote superstars like most teams. We come out and we try to play our butts off every night. We earn the right to be on the court, and we earn the right to get our wins.”

BRAD STEVENS

Great stuff from the Boston Celtics head coach

If there’s a ball on the ground and you are near it, you should dive. That’s your job. You come up maybe with a little scrape, but now these floors are pretty smooth when you dive, [players] got all the pads on. They’re pretty well-covered.

I just think there’s a right way to play the game, and it’s all out, all the time.

It was, basically, there are no excuses. And the only way we’re going to improve is if we’re accountable. You can look in the mirror and say, ‘We need to improve.’

Control what you can control; be great at controlling the controllables. That refers more to trail the screens your supposed to trail. Be reliable in doing your job every day.

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