NBA Rumors: Coach Brad Stevens Explains Why Celtics Performed Better When They’re Not At Full Strength

Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens with the injured Kyrie Irving

The expectation is high for the Boston Celtics in the 2018-19 NBA season, especially after they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals 2018 and forced a Game 7 against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers despite not having Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on their roster. The return of Irving and Hayward to join Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford in the starting lineup made most people believe that the Celtics were the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference and had a real chance of beating the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors in a best-of-seven series.

Unfortunately, since the 2018-19 NBA season started, the Celtics have failed to live up to expectations from the team that was supposed to be the best in the Eastern Conference. Celtics’ young players like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier are noticeably having a hard time adjusting to their new roles, while Gordon Hayward is yet to regain his All-Star form.

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