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BOSTON -- The TD Garden will have a new look about it when Brad Stevens and the Celtics show up for Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon.

The Celtics under Stevens have won some big games in the past six seasons. But like most coaches, it’s the losses more than the victories that are not soon forgotten.

One of Stevens’ most fond memories at the TD Garden was his first preseason game as the Celtics coach at the TD Garden in 2013.

Having coached at Butler, it didn't really sink in to Stevens how different the NBA was from the college game in terms of managing minutes.

“I remember thinking, coming from college, at the end of the third quarter, why isn’t this game over yet?,” quipped Stevens who came from Butler with college games lasting 40 minutes versus NBA games which last 48 minutes.

That would turn out to be an omen for the kind of season Stevens and the Celtics were in for.

“Those extra 12 minutes, we felt those extra 12 minutes all season,” Stevens said. The score against Toronto was tied at 84-all before the Raptors closed out the game with an 13-5 run which paced their 97-89.

Boston would finish the season with a 25-57 record which included the Celtics opening the season with four straight losses.

Of those four losses, three came after the Celtics went into the fourth quarter with the scored tied up or Boston with the lead.

“We were in a bunch of games until about the six-minute mark and lost,” Stevens said.

 

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