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Brad Stevens’ dreams hold key to World Series 10.23.13 at 2:26 pm ET
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Brad Stevens first noticed the magical nature of his slumber when he went nighty-night during Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. As Red Slox slugger David Ortiz drilled an eighth-inning, game-tying grand slam and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined a game-winning single against the Tigers, the Celtics coach drifted off to a bridge by a fountain where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies.

“I have to admit, I fell asleep at the end of the Red Sox game,” he admitted. “I’€™m sad to say that, but I woke up as they were celebrating. I don’€™t know exactly how it happened, but I’€™m looking forward to watching the YouTube.”

All it took was one more sorcerous snooze to convince Stevens of his powers. As Shane Victorino lofted his go-ahead, seventh-inning grand slam in Game 6, the C’s skipper slipped into a spell set by actual flying Hawaiians.

“I’€™m absolutely embarrassed and ashamed to say that I fell asleep,” he accepted, “but I was really tired.”

And so goes the story of Brad Stevens’ wondrous siestas and their command of the miraculous 2013 Red Sox.

‘€œThe key to the Red Sox is me falling asleep,” the anointed leader of leprechauns told The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes. “Because when I’€™m watching, it’€™s hard to score runs. When I’€™m asleep, magic occurs. It’€™s unbelievable.’€

Seriously, no wonder the Celtics employ a sleep doctor. Their coach is a freaking human dreamweaver. Carlton Fisk‘s home run? Not even a zygote. Don Baylor and Dave Henderson‘s homers? Sound asleep in his Hoosiers pajamas. The Bill Buckner boner? Wide awake on Pop Rocks and Nerds. Pedro Martinez‘s no-hit relief appearance? Passed out at one of those epic Depauw University college parties you always read about. The Aaron Boone disaster? Glued to game film all night. The fall of 2004? Pulled a Rip Van Winkle.

Unfortunately, the C’s preseason finale coincides with Game 1 of the World Series, so it’s best to root for extra innings, granting Stevens ample time to hit the sack. Enter sandman, indeed. Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio and the fellas could induce this Inception directly in his Garden office. Just don’t forget to kick his chair into the bathtub when Xander Bogaerts touches home in the 11th. Same goes for the only other potential conflict, the Celtics’ season opener on Oct. 30. C’mon, admit it. You just don’t get this kind of Boston sports analysis anywhere else.

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Someone finally summed up Rajon Rondo perfectly at 1:15 pm ET
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This quote, courtesy of Celtics coach Brad Stevens, is the best anyone has ever described Rajon Rondo.

‘€œI knew from the first moment that I talked to him that he was going to be a person that would think not just about what you’€™re doing but why you’€™re doing it, and that’€™s a good thing,” Stevens told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman in their SportsCenter conversation. “This is a great example. When you run a play, there are five guys in five spots, and most basketball players will go to their spot, they’€™ll do what they’€™re supposed to do, but they won’€™t know what the other four spots do, because they don’€™t understand why you’€™re doing it. He gets it all, and it’€™s no different in leading. It’€™s no different in how we’€™re coaching or running the organization. He understands the big picture, and I think it’€™s really important that we continue to share and talk about that, because he’€™s a big part of this.’€

And let’s just say Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge looks at Rondo from a different angle.

“It’s hard to find the perfect situation for everybody,” he told CBSSports.com columnist Ken Berger. “It’s my job to build the Celtics, and Rondo is a big part of that. Will everything be as perfect as he would like it? I don’t believe so, but it’s not perfect for us, either, the fact that he can’t play. I think Rondo is with us. I think he likes a lot of the core guys on our team now, and I think he is optimistic and looking forward to a new chapter.”

Not everyone can capture the enigmatic point guard in words. Actually, nobody quite has. Stevens came closest.

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Stat man: More of this Celtics lineup, please at 12:17 pm ET
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After Celtics coach Brad Stevens finally granted Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace extended playing time together, the media immediately jumped on its perceived success following Sunday’s preseason loss to the Timberwolves.

‘€œI’€™d have to look at the overall numbers on it, but I thought we were pretty good in that stretch — both in the first and second half,” Stevens told reporters in the immediate aftermath. ‘€œWe played them together some in the first half, when we played big on the wings, and we played them some together at the start of the second half. It’€™s probably a 10- or 12-minute clip of that. And, based on how it went tonight, I would say that you’€™ll probably see that again.”

It was actually a 14:34 clip of the highly anticipated Green-Wallace combo, and it started wonderfully. The two combined for 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting over a 4:23 stretch in the first quarter, adding two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block during a span that trimmed Minnesota’s lead from 11 to four.

Beyond that? Not so much. They combined for a total of 8:11 during the second and fourth quarters, scoring seven points on 1-of-7 shooting to go along with three boards, two assists, two turnovers and a steal for a minus-2 rating.

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VIDEO: Top 10 2013-14 Boston Celtics Media Day moments 10.01.13 at 10:40 pm ET
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Irish Coffee’s annual Top 10 Celtics Media Day moments. A comprehensive look at the day’s events, including interviews with Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, Vitor Faverani, Avery Bradley, Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee. Just about everyone, except MarShon Brooks, who flew under the radar. Along with his afro.

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Rajon Rondo ‘unlikely’ to return for Celtics’ season opener 09.24.13 at 1:41 pm ET
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MILTON — Over the past month, the Celtics have rapidly backed away from their projections this past spring that Rajon Rondo would be healthy for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, and on Tuesday the organization essentially announced the four-time All-Star would not be in the lineup come Oct. 30.

“My understanding and the last time that we’€™ve had discussions about it is that it’€™s very indeterminate still, but it sounds like it would be unlikely that he would be playing at the very start of the season,” C’s coach Brad Stevens said from the team’s annual charity golf tournament. “What that means beyond that, I think that’€™s going to be on his doctors, the training staff and him making the call on when he’€™s ready. I’€™ve told him from Day 1, ‘€˜Come back when you’€™re ready,’€™ because I think it’€™s really important that he feels really good when he’€™s back and ready to play.”

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge put it more succinctly: “I would be shocked.”

No players participated in the golf portion of the event, but Rondo was expected to arrive in Boston on Tuesday. He’€™s also expected to join the team when training camp begins on Oct. 1 in Newport, R.I.

‘€œI’ve been in constant contact with him, and so has Brad,” added Ainge. He seems to be in a really good place emotionally and mentally, and now we’re just trying to get the physical part done. And he’s got a ways to go.”

So, when exactly can we expect to see Rondo in a Celtics uniform again?

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Cosmic relief: Bill Russell’s effect on Brad Stevens 08.29.13 at 11:36 am ET
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Sports Illustrated’s profile of Celtics coach Brad Stevens is fantastic for many reasons, particularly the portions about his complex defensive schemes and in-game offensive adjustments, but one cosmic detail stands above all others: Bill Russell‘s team-first philosophy had a profound effect on Stevens.

In Stevens’s first year at Butler, then assistant and future coach Todd Lickliter would introduce Stevens to Bill Russell’s book Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Winner. In it Russell sets forth the concept of “team ego,” writing, “I was the most egotistical player they would ever meet. My ego is not a personal ego, it’s a team ego. My ego demands — for myself — the success of my team.”

Stevens says, “You have a choice to make when you’re not playing: Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or you’re not. There were times, early on, where I wasn’t a great teammate. It’s a difficult concept, learning the we over me attitude. I’m glad I got to that point, because it really helped me as a coach.”

Good stuff from Sports Illustrated. Be sure to read the article in its entirety here.

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Irish Coffee: Meet the new Celtics coaching staff 08.22.13 at 12:32 pm ET
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The Celtics announced the finalization of their coaching staff for the 2013-14 NBA season, completing a two-month overhaul of the staff since trading Doc Rivers to the Clippers for an unprotected first-round pick in 2015.

The C’s surrounded coach Brad Stevens with new assistants Ron Adams, Micah Shrewsbury and Walter McCarty, who join holdovers Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga from Rivers’ staff last season.

“I am really excited about our assistant coaching staff that we have here in Boston,’€ said Stevens. ‘€œIn this group, we have successfully assembled a passionate, intelligent, hard-working, and humble staff with a diverse set of experiences in coaching. We are all eager to get to work with this year’s team, and take great pride in being a part of the Boston Celtics organization.”

So, who exactly are these guys?

BRAD STEVENS: By all accounts, he’s a brilliant young basketball mind who led the unheralded Butler program to back-to-back NCAA title games. That much was evident in our half-hour discussion on the Green Street podcast. A calm demeanor, fierce competitive streak and in-depth statistical analysis guided his process-oriented approach that consistently produced steady improvement over the course of a season. Ever aware of the historical evidence against college coaches succeeding at the NBA level, he’s smart enough to know that what worked collegiately doesn’t necessarily translate to the pros.

‘€œThere’€™s a minimum level of ability that goes into making this thing successful anyway,” Stevens said last month. “All the other intangibles are certainly extremely important and maybe give you an advantage in a low possession game, so you have to have that minimum level of talent, and you coach to those intangibles the best you can.’€

RON ADAMS: For the past three seasons, Adams served under former Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau on a Bulls team that generated a .683 winning percentage. A defensive guru, Adams began coaching his alma mater Fresno Pacific University before Stevens was even a zygote in 1972 and has served as an assistant on five NBA benches since 1992, providing the experience necessary after the Celtics hired a 36-year-old head coach.

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