Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is only thinking about his team’s next match and is not focused on their current 16-game winning run.
The Celtics’ season looked in danger of ending before it had properly begun when they lost their opening two matches of the new campaign, while small forward Gordon Hayward suffered an ankle injury that brought his season to an abrupt and early end.
However, Stevens’ team have bounced back from those setbacks in some style, as they are currently on a 16-game winning streak that has seen them move to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Boston secured their latest victory by beating the Dallas Mavericks on Monday and Stevens believes a lot of their success has to be put down to the relaxed nature of their preparations.
“Coaching basketball is not pressure,” Stevens said. “Playing basketball is not real pressure and sometimes we overdo this stuff.”
Despite his delight at the team’s form, Stevens insists he is not thinking about their winning run and is instead only focused on their next match – a clash with the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena on Wednesday.
“We’re just trying to prepare well for the next game,” the 41-year-old added.
“The streak doesn’t mean anything to me – maybe it does to the guys in the room. It’s about finding ways to get better and finding ways to get the job done.”
Boston have not claimed the Eastern Conference title since 2010, but they are priced at 3.50 to end that wait this term, while they are available at 10.00 to secure NBA Championship glory come the end of the campaign.