Stevens: NBA Game ‘Really, really different’
So even as he admits that he’s (Celtics coach Brad Stevens) still learning the intricacies of the NBA game, Stevens was his typical poised self throughout Monday’s 97-89 exhibition loss to the Toronto Raptors. He didn’t panic when his team fell behind early, and he coached his squad straight through the final buzzer. Better yet, he didn’t have any obvious rookie moments.
He did admit he’ll need the preseason to grasp the jump from the NCAA level.
“Really, really different,” Stevens said. “Just because it’s a 48-minute game, getting used to the timeouts. … But, you know, it’s a little unique; it’s a little different. And I’ll get used to those as we get on through. There’s eight more minutes and a lot more possessions because of the 24-second clock, so getting a feel for that will hopefully — I would like it to be done in the next seven [exhibition] games, but hopefully it doesn’t last much longer than that. It is different. It’s unique.”