BOSTON -- For most of Brad Stevens’ time as Boston Celtics coach, he tends to get more out of his teams than most expect.
So, it was only fitting that on the night he came up with a historic win No. 300 with the Celtics, it would come in a game where his team was at far from full strength.
No Jaylen Brown (ankle).
No Jayson Tatum (groin).
No Enes Kanter (hip bruise).
No problem for the Celtics, who rallied from a 16-point deficit before pulling away for a 109-98 win.
And with the victory, Brad Stevens became just the fifth coach in Celtics history reach the 300-win milestone, a group that includes Red Auerbach (795 wins), Tommy Heinsohn (427), Doc Rivers (416), K.C. Jones (308) and now, Stevens.
That's win No. 3⃣0⃣0⃣ for Coach Stevens pic.twitter.com/CHkVOiAzAU— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) January 25, 2020
It is an impressive mark when you consider the company he now finds himself in, a fitting accomplishment that speaks to how Stevens has immersed himself into being an NBA head coach after arriving from the college ranks.
In Stevens’ first couple of seasons in the NBA, when the Celtics weren’t nearly as successful as the Stevens-coached teams at Butler, there were steadily rumblings that Stevens would get tired of the NBA coaching lifestyle and losing, and eventually return to college coaching.
Despite such speculation, Stevens has consistently maintained that he wants to be in the NBA coaching this team.
Stevens downplayed the milestone and deflected credit when asked about the milestone after the game:
And games like the comeback win over Orlando on Friday night remind us that Stevens is not only all-in on this Celtics team, but he’s all-in on being one of the winningest coaches in franchise history. He got it done with an undermanned, injury-riddled bunch and it was similar to a number of wins he has amassed that have led him to where he is now.
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