It is now official that Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics will coach the Eastern Conference in the Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. The Celtics beat the Lakers on Friday night and in doing so clinched the second-best record in the East before the All-Star break.
Usually the honor of coaching the All-Star team goes to the top seed, but the NBA does not allow one coach to be there for consecutive years. Thus, Tyronn Lue of the Cavaliers was ineligible.
Stevens, 40, is in his fourth season as coach of the Celtics. They have improved their record in each year he has been there and last year won 48 games and made the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Stevens earned his spot in the All-Star Game by beating out Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. The Wizards (29-20) are third in the conference and just 2 1/2 games back from the Celtics. They are also 2-1 against Boston this season.
The cutoff is Feb. 5 for determining the coaches of each side. With six games left before the break, there is a chance the Wizards end up with a better record than the Celtics before the All-Star Game is played.
The last time a Wizards coach participated in the All-Star Game was when Eddie Jordan coached the East in 2007. The 2017 coach of the Western Conference All-Star team is Steve Kerr of the Warriors.