Brad Stevens knows Celtics’ season doesn’t guarantee playoff success. But there’s reason for hope

When Brad Stevens put together this Celtics team, he stated he had no idea what to expect.

"First and foremost, you should never expect to be a 64-win team," Stevens said Tuesday. "

"That's a really difficult level to meet, no matter how good you are. Regardless of how structured you are as a coach. 

Regardless of how many options you have for playing. That's really difficult to do. I'm not sure whether that was my expectation.

However, it was clear from the beginning of the season that this new recipe was going to succeed. Kristaps Porziņģis opened their offense.

Jrue Holiday would thrive as the center of their defense. Coach Joe Mazzulla appeared to be in complete charge. The Celtics enjoyed an excellent regular season.

"That does not guarantee anything. Stevens added, "You have to go out there and continue to play well, earn it, and do all of that.

"But we have a lot of good players who want to be a part of something bigger than themselves  

something that was evident from the start. I believe our job is to try to put it all together.

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