"I'm not one that was ever taught to play with our food".
But Stevens needs help, especially awarded that the harms that have left moth holes in his roster this season.
Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) shoots the ball as Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker (7) defends during the third quarter in game seven of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.
"This is my second year with Coach Stevens, and I've learned to just trust his instincts and judgment", Horford said. "All of us sort of stare at Al and wait patiently for him to express some thing".
While the Celtics have conquered just about every challenge they've faced this season, their toughest test is in front of them on Monday night: Closing out an opponent on the road.More news: Italian president try once again to resolve government crisis
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown, with his 76ers staring at an 0-3 deficit in their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Boston Celtics, latched onto the "history" theme when it came to his team's state in this series. Game 4 is Monday night in Philadelphia, a city where confetti has become a four-letter word and where the Celtics could clinch a second straight berth in the conference finals.
He may never win prizes for fiery oratory - Horford, 31, tends to be impassive with his postgame remarks - but his steady demeanor is part of what makes him invaluable to the Celtics. Maybe not much bothers him of of the unfair reputation which he awakens in huge moments. But Horford, operating with the wisdom accumulated over 10 trips to the postseason, has his fingerprints all over this series. "We've joked a lot in those games whenever we play each other". Three years of losing on objective may have landed them Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and some talented shooters, but we probably jumped the gun on this Sixer team. "A couple of drama, it wasn't reasonable". You know who would be a ideal complement to Simmons and give the 76ers what they need?
The Sixers don't have to look far to figure out how they got into this position.
Confetti Guy - wearing a "Breaking News: I Don't Care" T-shirt - pushed the button too early and the rectangular pieces were soaring everywhere. "But like I said, I'm too big - I mean I guess it's the playoffs, it's my first time here, so I'm learning - but I'm too big not to be fouled every time I go to the basket or every time I post up".
That form of perspective doesn't work very well for your own 76ers proceeding forwards. The confetti continued to fall however, and the start of the OT period was delayed for a short period while it was cleaned up. "So I wasn't anxious about whether it was a 3 or 2 or not". "I think we all understood what was at stake".More news: Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny sequel coming this fall
■ Horford reputable his trainer in a important circumstance. Going into the Philadelphia series, many people thought that the young Sixers team could actually make the conference finals.
The Celtics, although young, are a much more experienced team. "They want this thing out of the way". "The fact is the Boston Celtics do expose some of our weaknesses".
■ Ultimately, Horford manufactured the match's essential defensive drama when he uttered the 76ers' consequent inbounds pass and was fouled. That was case number one that he made a mistake in. "I don't really talk trash, and I was just joking".
Even as 76ers mentor Brett Brown has been express expectation that his players are learning from these types of playoffsthat " he had been careful soon after the match to stop from questioning his group's inexperience for their various late stage catastrophes - and also perhaps for good reason.More news: In 4 years, Narendra Modi reversed successes of UPA, says Manmohan Singh