Stevens shoots down Indiana speculation: 'I’m going to be here'

Stevens shoots down Indiana speculation: 'I’m going to be here'

Death, Taxes and Brad Stevens’ rumored return to Indiana.

It’s hard to live in this world and not have all the above to contend with at some point every year.

For the umpteenth time, Stevens reiterated that he has no intensions of returning to the college game.

“I don’t speak to the rumor mill or anything else,” Stevens, an Indiana native who led Butler University to a pair of national title runner-up finishes, told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Brooklyn. “I’m made pretty clear I’m going to be here. I’ve been asked about that quite a bit. And I’ll keep saying the same thing. I’m going to be here until the Celtics decide they want to move in another direction.”

Stevens’ name has been rumored about after Indiana University fired Tom Crean earlier this week.

Even if Stevens were interested, it would be next to impossible for him to leave Boston for another college coaching job.

The Celtics signed Stevens to a six-year, $22 million contract when they hired him in 2013, and gave Stevens a three-year extension in 2016.

The Celtics have no incentive to release him from his current contract to take a college job.

Unlike when ex-coach Doc Rivers was interested in leaving the Celtics for another NBA job, colleges can’t strike a deal with the Celtics in order for them to make Stevens available.

In 2013, Boston let Rivers out of his contract to become head coach and president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Clippers. In exchange for that, the Celtics received a first-round pick that was used to select R.J. Hunter.

At the time of Stevens’ extension in June of last year, the Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge – he also received an extension at that time – thought Stevens’ new deal would end all rumors regarding Stevens’ availability to return to the college game.

“We don't have to answer any more questions about Indiana or Butler, or Duke, or North Carolina," Ainge said in June when the Celtics announced both of their contract extensions.

Stars, studs and duds: Another brilliant performance by Thomas

Stars, studs and duds: Another brilliant performance by Thomas

CHICAGO –  Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 104-95 Game 4 win over Chicago.
 
 
STARS
 
Isaiah Thomas

It was yet another brilliant performance by Thomas who has established himself as the most impactful performer in this series. He led the Celtics with 33 points on 10-for-21 shooting with seven assists.
 
Jimmy Butler

He matched Isaiah Thomas in terms of points, but didn’t get nearly as much help from those around him. Butler’s 33 points primarily came from the free throw line where he was 19-for-23. The 23 attempts ranks third all-time among Celtics playoff opponents from the line.
 
 
STUDS
 
Gerald Green

His scoring at the start of the game really set the tone for Boston. He finished with 18 points, 16 of which came in the first half.
 
Al Horford

For the second straight game, Horford was a decisive winner in the battle at center with Robin Lopez. He had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds to go with four assists and a blocked shot.
 
Kelly Olynyk

He didn’t play major minutes, but certainly was an important key in Boston getting the victory. He made all four of his shots from the field, finishing with 10 points to go with three rebounds and a blocked shot.
 

DUDS
 
Chicago’s point guards

Jerian Grant was an absolute disaster as a starter, missing all three of his shot attempts in less than five minutes of action. His backup, Michael Carter-Williams, wasn’t much better, either. Isaiah Canaan (13 points) was their best option and should be the starter for them in Game 5.

Jimmy Butler on Marcus Smart: 'He's a great actor, acting tough'

Jimmy Butler on Marcus Smart: 'He's a great actor, acting tough'

Jimmy Butler ripped Marcus Smart after Smart got in Butler's face during Game 4.

"As far as the Marcus Smart situation goes, he's a great actor," Butler said. "Acting tough, that's what he does. But I don't think he's about that, and I just don't think -- I'm the wrong guy to get in my face. He needs to take it somewhere else, because I'm not the one for that."

The two players confronted each other during the first half. They exhanged shoves before quickly getting separated by referees. The officials kept the dustup from escalating despite more Celtics and Bulls players getting into the mix.

Butler, who finished the game with 33 points, said he has no interest in getting into it with Smart again.

"That's the first time. The last time, too," Butler said. "We're not going to sit here and get in each other's faces. I'm not about that life, so he's calming down."