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Media Access: Brad Stevens remains focused on Game 3

The Celtics coach praised Al Horford, while looking towards Friday’s Game 3.

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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens spoke with the media on Wednesday afternoon, as the team looks forward to Game 3 in Milwaukee.

Of course, Stevens was asked to discuss Eric Bledsoe’s comments following Game 2. Here’s what Bledsoe said in case you missed his postgame remarks:

The Celtics coach did not bite however, turning all of his focus towards the remainder of the series. “I heard that, but our team is just focused on Game 3.” He was then asked, “You don’t want to bite on that huh?” Stevens responded in a Belichick-like manner, “Nope.”

As for other matters, Stevens praised Al Horford’s playoff effort thus far. “We have a lot of young guys, and a lot of them are experiencing this stuff for the first time. All they have to do is look at the guy next to him to gain a sense of calm or a sense of what’s coming. He’s been great at trusting those guys.” “He’s a rock for us,” Stevens added. Horford is shooting 63.1% through the first two games of the postseason.

When asked to assess Boston’s Game 2 performance, the Celtics head coach noted their defensive issues, despite coming away with a 14-point victory. “We were better offensively. Some of our performance was, you know, the ball going in the basket. We weren’t as good defensively. We’re going to have to play a lot better defensively in Game 3.”

Stevens also acknowledged Rozier’s play as of late, but noted that he doesn’t line players up to particular expectations. “We don’t necessarily always pigeonhole people in positions... He just continues to get better. He’s talked about his competitiveness, his athleticism, and his work ethic being at the highest level.”

The Celtics look to take a 3-0 series lead in Milwaukee on Friday night at 9:30 PM EST.

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