Boston Celtics

By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman,

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was WIRED and mic’d up during the C’s dominating Game 1 win in the Eastern Conference Finals opener on Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Cavaliers and it was something special.

Prior to tip-off, Stevens is seen and heard in the locker room giving the Celtics a pregame prep talk about how to attack the Cavaliers and what they should be doing against LeBron James and company.

He makes it a point to emphasis the importance of making the Cavs have to guard them, while looking for those open shots.

Then during the game, Stevens reiterated the importance of getting back on defense and “staying in our system.”

It’s always interesting when fans get an inside look into game-planning and the art of coaching. Especially when it involves a great coaching mind like Stevens.

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Since the Celtics are playing the Cavaliers again in the East Finals, lets revisit Stevens’ conversation with James during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game practice.

The respect shown between these two is just the tip of the iceberg. James has praised Stevens on multiple occasions and Stevens doesn’t shy away from talking highly of James.

It’s fair to say that at this point there’s certainly a level of mutual respect amongst these two NBA stars.

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UP NEXT: The #2 Boston Celtics (55-27/1-0) will welcome the #4 Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32/0-1) once again to the TD Garden on Tuesday night for Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:30 p.m.

John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at

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