Brad Stevens Refuses to Discuss Officiating Following Game 3 Loss to Bucks

    Brad Stevens talks Celtics' going down to Bucks 2-1; refuses to discuss officiating...

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    Did the Celtics lose focus in the third quarter because of the officiating?

    “It’s a good question. I don’t know that that’s – I don’t know that that would be the case. I just think that ultimately they made a lot of plays in that quarter; we didn’t.  I thought we got a little deep on the drive, whereas in the first half I thought we were doing a really good job of getting to the right depth and then making the next right play.  We turned it over a few times; they got going in transition.  They got going downhill.  We weren’t quite as tight as – as we like to be, as, as loading up to the ball and making it tough to get downhill and keeping them off the foul line.  So you know if – if there’s anything, it’s just stuff we have to do better.”

     


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    Did the Celtics lose focus in the third quarter because of the officiating?

    “It’s a good question. I don’t know that that’s – I don’t know that that would be the case. I just think that ultimately they made a lot of plays in that quarter; we didn’t.  I thought we got a little deep on the drive, whereas in the first half I thought we were doing a really good job of getting to the right depth and then making the next right play.  We turned it over a few times; they got going in transition.  They got going downhill.  We weren’t quite as tight as – as we like to be, as, as loading up to the ball and making it tough to get downhill and keeping them off the foul line.  So you know if – if there’s anything, it’s just stuff we have to do better.”

     

    Was the officiating working against the Celtics when Jaylen Brown picked up his fifth foul?

    “I don’t complain about officials. We’ve got a lot of stuff we have to do better and they have a hard job. And we focus on us, and the controllables, and that’s the bottom line.”

     

    Re: Juggling substitutions with Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris in foul trouble

    “I wasn’t as worried, probably, about the foul trouble as just finding the right group. And when things went south, we had a lot of our guys that play a lot on the court.  And so, you knew we had to go to the bench a little bit. But credit the Bucks; they did a lot of good things.  We’ll go back and look at how we can improve off that.  This thing is going to be a – I mean, every minute of every game against these guys is really hard.  This is a heck of a team and I thought in those moments, again, their physicality to the rim kind of separated the game, and then on the other end, again, I just thought we got a little deep on some of our drives.”

     

    Re: Defending Giannis Antetokounmpo and not having as tight a wall defensively

    “You’re saying why wasn’t it as tight? I thought that for whatever reason, again, we were a little bit looser.  Maybe because of the threes they hit last game; that was not a plan of attack, we just wanted to be tight, protect the paint first, then get out.  But you know, they go 15 of 37 again. So, it’s easier said than done when they shoot threes this way.  This is a – the challenge of this team is the – the elite drivers in (Eric) Bledsoe and Giannis that can get anywhere on one-on-one scenarios.  And so, you have to provide some sort of help. And when you do, they pick you apart.  The play that I – that stands out most vividly – is Giannis is at the top of the key and he just flings it to the corner. And, you know, he throws it through, through defenders, or through where we could be a little bit more active. But if you’re not on your toes they’re going to take advantage of you. And they did that. They’ve got big, tall guys shooting, and so they’re hard to contest anyways.  But if you’re not in the ballpark, you’re in trouble.”

     

    How did Milwaukee’s being in the bonus so early in the third quarter affect how the Celtics could defend?

    “We have to do a better job of not being in the bonus; that’s certainly a big, big deal. You know, I think that – but then, you’re thinking about that, because you want to be solid without fouling. You don’t want to send guys to the line. And at the same time you’ve got to provide resistance.  It’s easier said than done to balance that when you’re already in the bonus.”