The NBA announced their Eastern and Western conference Coaches of the Month today, and of course my boy Brad Stevens took home the hardware in the East. I think anybody could have seen this one coming.
Watching Gordon Hayward break his leg on opening night in Cleveland deflated a lot of people’s excitement for the upcoming season. I’ll admit it, the days following that night were some of the saddest of my life. One of the most highly anticipated seasons I can remember was just crushed before it could even start.
I really had a hard time picturing a scenario where the Celtics would be where they are at right now without Hayward. But here they are, an NBA best 19-4, still cruising their way through a tough NBA schedule. They went on a goddamn 16 game winning streak after going 0-2, beat the Warriors, and won a game where Kyrie and Horford didn’t even play. I know it’s early, but this team could be special. Maybe not this year, but once Hayward get’s added back into the mix you’re gonna have a hard time convincing me this team isn’t legit.
Kyrie is balling out of his mind, Al Horford is having one of the best seasons of his career, Jaylen Brown looks like a god damn stud, and Jayson Tatum is playing like he’s been in the NBA his whole life. Every good thing that has happened this year can be attested to Brad Stevens. I don’t know what he said or did to convince these guys that they could play this well without Hayward, but I don’t want it to stop. The man is a wizard.
I’m sure this isn’t the only coach of the month award that Stevens takes home this season. And I would also bet on his name being on the list when the time comes for coach of the year.
Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)