Celtics' Brad Stevens will coach Eastern Conference All-Stars

Celtics' Brad Stevens will coach Eastern Conference All-Stars

BOSTON – Even before the Boston Celtics put the finishing touches on the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-107 win Friday night, the All-Star fate of head coach Brad Stevens and his coaching staff had been determined.

The Toronto Raptors’ 102-97 loss at Orlando earlier in the night meant Stevens and his staff would be coaching the East All-Stars on Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

Toronto’s loss means that Boston will have a better record than the Raptors by Feb. 5, which is the cutoff point in determining who will coach the East and West All-Stars.


Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue coached the team last year, and league rules prohibit the same All-Star coach doing so back-to-back years. That meant whoever had the second-best record in the conference by Feb. 5, would be the staff coaching the game.

And unlike the selection process for All-Star starters and reserves, the selection process for coaching leaves no room for misinterpretation.

“There’s no politics in it,” Stevens said. “There’s no subjectivity; it’s what your team has accomplished. And that’s a credit to the players in the locker room.”

But as quickly as Stevens credits the players, they know that the team’s success this season has a lot more to do with the synergy of all parties – coaches, players and the support staff – in channeling their energy and efforts towards one goal which is to be better tomorrow than they are today.

Celtics players were quick to point out after Friday’s win how pleased they were to see Stevens and his staff rewarded like this.

“It’s big for those guys,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “They put a lot of work into it. No finer way to show appreciation as a team to send those guys to the All-Star game.”

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was selected to play in the All-Star game for the second year in a row. In addition, he’ll be participating in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Thomas likes the idea of having some company during All-Star weekend.

“That’s going to be good,” Thomas said. “That says a lot; says we are winning and we’re doing pretty good and to get there that says a lot. I’m happy for them.”

NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

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NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.

5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.

11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.

Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday


Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday

The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.

Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.


During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.

While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.

“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”

But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.

“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”