The Boston Celtics have the perfect NBA report at 10-1. They’re additionally on a run of 10 consecutive wins.
However Celtics coach Brad Stevens just isn’t anxious about this after the Celtics began their five-game West Coast tour on Friday night time with a 105-100 win over the Golden State Warriors.
"I do probably not care in regards to the report or the variety of video games we’ve got gained consequently," mentioned Stevens. "It’s a troublesome journey that says and we should proceed to enhance. You possibly can see that we nonetheless have quite a lot of issues to scrub, particularly when they don’t seem to be (wholesome). That's a part of it. "
Probably the most evident downside of their victory over the Warriors was the protection of the within of C. The sting safety was undoubtedly a query mark early within the season on account of Boston's lack of dimension. Golden State, with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, attacked the basket to remain inside hanging distance and provides themselves an opportunity to win.
After awarding 64 factors to the portray within the 140-133 win over the Wizards, the numbers would counsel that the Cs have been higher in that respect since they awarded 44 factors to the Warriors' portray.
However the Warriors' travels to portray don’t at all times give speedy factors as a result of their laborious drives pressure the Celtics to return and commit common fouls, together with Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, to permit Golden State 34 free-throw makes an attempt in comparison with 23. Boston
"Quite a lot of guys have executed issues on the rim," Stevens mentioned. "I didn’t assume we have been good at protection on the sting, however they put quite a lot of stress on us there. A few of our guys needed to tackle extra masses and be higher and extra upright than us. It was a power of our workforce within the first 5 or 6 video games and we didn’t do a superb job like that at the moment. This isn’t a giant downside. It's one to 13 on our checklist. Kemba took cost, not figuring out if we had one other one and we had quite a lot of alternatives. "
So even with Boston's stellar play, Stevens tries to maintain the C ground with one other 71 video games to go.