Stevens knows there's work to be done

Stevens knows there's work to be done
November 20, 2013, 1:45 am
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You'd have a hard time trying to find any positives out of Tuesday night's 109-85 loss to the Rockets.

The Celtics went down 18-1 to start the game, and gave up 40 points in the first quarter.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens spoke with reporters after the loss, where he wasn't too pleased with the performance on offense or defense.

"We're letting one end affect the other, and you don't do that on good teams," Stevens said.

Jeff Green once again was a no-show for the Celtics, finishing with just four points. He went seven consecutive quarters without a field goal, dating back to previous games.

"We posted him on the first possession of the game," Stevens said. "Obviously we wanted to get him going. he's made a lot of great plays for us this year. Made a lot of great plays in his career, so hopefully that happens for him soon."

Did Stevens feel helpless on the sidelines as his team was essentially blown out of the building? Not quite.

"I don't feel helpless because I knew I was going to lose games before," Stevens said. "But I felt a lot of those things going through my head at that time were big-picture things, long-term things, later-tonight things, tomorrow things, how to best use this to move forward in a positive manner, which is not too easy. Guys can take it in one or two ways: When adversity strikes you can go inward, or you can come together. The most encouraging sign was in the last quarter we played pretty well."