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File this under "first world problems," but Brad Stevens just discovered an unfortunate consequence of the playoff sweep.

Stevens' Celtics dispatched the Indiana Pacers in the first round last Sunday and already know they're playing the Milwaukee Bucks in Round 2 of the NBA playoffs. The issue? They still don't know when that series will start.

"We are still awaiting final word," Stevens told 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" in his radio interview Wednesday. "And we've been awaiting final word for multiple days now. So, hopefully we get final word very, very soon."

If you detect some irritation in Stevens' answer, you're onto something. As the Celtics head coach pointed out, not knowing the date for Game 1 has thrown a wrench in his plans.

"(The NBA) tell(s) both teams as it's going along kind of what they're thinking," Stevens said. "This one's been frustrating, because obviously we've been not playing games since Sunday night.

"So, to create a practice schedule where you can practice appropriately, prepare appropriately and rest appropriately obviously depends on when your next game is."

There isn't too much variance, as C's-Bucks is expected to start on Saturday or Sunday depending on when the three remaining active series finish up.

But that one-day difference does impact scheduling and logistics, from practice times to treatment programs for players like injured guard Marcus Smart.

 

Stevens acknowledged the schedule uncertainty is a result of their series sweep, and we're sure the Pacers would love to have the Celtics' problem. But as the first round drags on, it's clearly still a problem for Stevens.

UPDATE (2:25 p.m. ET): Apparently Stevens got his message across...

Game 1 of Celtics-Bucks is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, the NBA announced just hours after Stevens' comments.

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