Tommy Heinsohn

Celtics coach Brad Stevens joins elite company with win No. 300

Celtics coach Brad Stevens joins elite company with win No. 300

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.

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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. 

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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Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum join elite Celtics company with performances vs. Cavaliers

Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum join elite Celtics company with performances vs. Cavaliers

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum put on a show in Friday afternoon's Boston Celtics win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they made some history in the process.

Brown (a career-high 34 points) and Tatum (30 points) became the third C's duo 23 years old or younger ever to score 30+ in the same game. The last duo to accomplish that feat was Paul Pierce & Antoine Walker in 2000.

Before that, it was the legendary Bill Russell & Tommy Heinsohn.


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Not bad company to be in.

Both Brown and Tatum are making their case to be voted into the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. But even if the exciting duo misses out this season, there's no doubt plenty of All-Star Game appearances are in their bright future.

The two budding Celtics stars will look to continue their impressive run when Boston hosts the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. The C's defeated the Raptors on Christmas Day, 118-102.

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The Best of Tommy Heinsohn from Celtics win over Mavericks

The Best of Tommy Heinsohn from Celtics win over Mavericks

The Boston Celtics provided plenty of highlights during their win over the Dallas Mavericks, but the one and only Tommy Heinsohn still found a way to top them all.

NBC Sports Boston's "Tommy Cam" caught a bunch of great moments from the legendary broadcaster and Celtics Hall of Famer on Tuesday night. From some questionable (at least to Heinsohn) calls by the refs to Kemba Walker's clutch fourth-quarter performance, Tommy was fired up to say the least.

You can watch all of Tommy's best moments in the video above.

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