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Brad Stevens is no Gregg Popovich. But he knows how to land a well-timed zinger.
The Boston Celtics head coach had a friendly exchange with Isaiah Thomas at midcourt during Monday's game against the Washington Wizards, as Thomas appeared to be urging the referees give his former boss a technical foul.
Stevens smiled and shot something back at Thomas, but we didn't know what was said -- until Wednesday afternoon.
In his interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand," Stevens detailed his exchange with Thomas and the backstory that led to a pretty solid one-liner.
"A couple years ago we were doing a drill in practice," Stevens said, "Avery (Bradley) was on Isaiah and we were working our pick-and-roll defense.
"And I said, 'We're going to make him go left, and if we can be effective against him going left, we can be effective against anybody. Isaiah yelled at me and said ... 'Let me talk my own trash!' "
Stevens apparently remembered Thomas' words from two years ago, and threw them back at his former point guard Monday night.
"I'm clamoring for a jump ball at half court, and (Thomas) thinks I'm clamoring a little too hard. He looks at the official and says, 'I think you should tech him up!'
"And I said, 'Let me talk my own trash.' "
Well played, Brad.
Stevens was Thomas' coach for three seasons in Boston, so he probably has plenty more ammo on the veteran guard.
Thomas got the last laugh Monday night, though, scoring 17 points to help lead Washington to an upset win.
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