BOSTON — The first quarter of Brad Stevens' first season as the Celtics coach is just about complete.
And while he would certainly like to have a few more wins than their 8-12 record shows, Stevens can't really complain too much about his team's view atop the Atlantic Division.
The victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night, coupled with Toronto's collapse at Golden State, pushed the Celtics (8-12) to the top of the Atlantic.
"The growth has been pretty good, considering we haven't practiced very much," Stevens said. "Guys have gotten better off film; guys have adjusted in the course of a game, pretty well. We're still getting to know each other but our growth has been steady."
And that trend is one Stevens would like to continue going forward. For now, we'll take a look at how the Celtics fared after what has been the first quarter of their season.
Stats: 12.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Comment: Has improved his overall game, but has been head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to being a consistent performer.
Stats: 13.1 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
Comment: The transition to playing the point guard position has been surprisingly smooth.
Stats: 7.8 points and 1.6 rebounds.
Comment: Shooting a team-best 52.3 percent from the field, Lee is starting to do the things that Boston fans were expecting from him last year.
Stats: 2.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and two assists.
Comment: Needs to do a better job of shooting the ball to help balance his solid passing game.
Stats: 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds.
Comment: Has seen the least amount of playing time on the team, remains to be seen if that'll change anytime soon.
Comment: Gradually working his way back into shape from a right torn ACL injury. Could be back on the floor sometime this month.
Stats: 16.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Comment: Inconsistencies aside, Green's all-around game makes him a key cog for the Celtics' rebuilding efforts.
Stats: 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Comment: Leadership in the locker room, consistent effort on the floor are the hallmarks of his play thus far in Boston.
Stats: 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 steals.
Comment: Injuries and illness have limited his availability, although Bogans wasn't expected to play much this season anyway.
Stats: 11.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks.
Comment: Has emerged as a leader of a Celtics defense that has been among the league's top-10 most of this season.
Stats: 13.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Comment: His conditioning, like his play, is improving quickly.
Stats: 4.5 points, 4.1 rebounds.
Comment: Proving himself to be a true professional by making the most of his opportunities to play even when his play warrants more time on the court.
Stats: 7.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assist.
Comment: Has not shot the ball particularly well as a rookie, but scores big for the Celtics when it comes to intangibles.
Stats: 5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
Comment: Like most rookie big men, he has been up and down most of this season but definitely has the talent to contribute consistently with more NBA experience.