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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Leftovers: Only change for C's is result

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- The Celtics were competitive through each of their first four games this season and lost them all. Boston remained competitive over its next four games, and won each time. With a 4-4 record through two weeks of the regular season, first-year coach Brad Stevens was asked if anything had changed.

“Same guys," he said. "And I don’t think, actually, we were that far in a couple of those games that we [lost]. Obviously, the Milwaukee game we really played well for most of the game. The way that I always say it when we walked back into the locker room, we looked like a basketball team. There have been other games, specifically in the preseason, where we didn’t look like a basketball team. But how far we’ve come since October 1st, we’ve made good strides, we’ve made the right strides. But we have a long way to go and there’s a lot of things to improve."

Even after a thorough offensive effort as his Celtics took down the Magic 120-105 on Monday, Stevens pledged to get right back to work as Boston navigates a game-heavy November. Stevens stressed that more improvements are needed to maintain this success.

"[Stevens' players] haven’t learned a lot about me, but I hope they’ve learned that I’m going to go back to work tonight and I hope I’m going to try to make us a little bit better tomorrow," said Stevens. "That’s all we can do. You ride this emotional roller coaster if you don’t. All of the sudden, we’re 4-4 and we’ve got the whole world figured out when in essence that was only seven days ago when we were 0-4. This thing can turn quick and, with our schedule as it continues this month, it can turn real quick. So we’ve just got to focus on day to day, game to game to see how good you can be on that night and know that you always have a chance to win or get beat."

Read on for a few more leftover notes from Monday's win: