BOSTON – Brad Stevens and the Celtics didn’t get off to the best of starts this season, losing Gordon Hayward just five minutes into the season and losing the first two games.
But the Celtics soon rebounded … and defended … and scored … and maybe most important, started racking up the victories that catapulted them to the top of the NBA standings which earned Stevens the Eastern Conference’s Coach of the Month award for games played in October and November.
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This is the third time the coach, in his fifth season in Boston, has won the award.
In addition to having a league-best record of 19-4, Boston also won 16 in a row (Oct. 20 to Nov. 20), which stands as the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history. Boston had a 14-2 record in November, which is equaled the franchise record for wins in the month (14-2, 2008-09).
Houston’s Mike D’Antoni was named the Coach of the Month winner from the Western Conference.