Brad Stevens Says Celtics Owners Gave ‘Green Light’ to Do Whatever It Takes to Win | Bleacher Report

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After their appearance in the 2022 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics won’t be taking their foot off the accelerator this offseason as they look to clear the final hurdle and win a championship.

Brad Stevens, President of the Celtics Basketball Division told reporters This property has given the front office the green light to do what is needed to improve the roster.

There are certainly some areas where the Celtics could improve after their six-game loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Their offense was erratic against the Warriors, including three straight games under 100 points (Games 4-6).

Prior to Game 6, FiveThirtyEight.com’s Jared Dubin noted that Boston’s offensive efficiency ranged from 89.7 (Game 2) to 125.4 (Game 3) through the first five games of the series.

The turnovers were often an easy way to tell if the Celtics were going to win or lose in the postseason.

“The Celtics are 13-2 this postseason and 2-0 in the Finals in games where they’ve coughed up the ball fewer than 15 times, while they’re only 7-1 and 3-0 overall against Golden State when they do have given away the ball at least 15 times,” Dubin wrote.

In the deciding Game 6, which Golden State won 103-90, the Celtics made 22 turnovers. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown averaged 7.3 turnovers in 24 playoff games combined.

The Celtics are currently operating from a position of power. They ranked second in the NBA in net rating (+7.5) with top 10 ratings on offense and defense, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Most of their squad remains under contract for several years.

Tatum and Brown are one of the best young duos in the NBA. Tatum is signed for the 2024-25 season with a player option for 2025-26. Brown has two years left on his current contract.

Marcus Smart, the 2021-22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, is signed through the 2025-26 season. Al Horford has a partially guaranteed deal in 2022-23 that is expected to be fully guaranteed for $26.5 million, according to MassLive.com’s Brian Robb.

If the Celtics make any moves this offseason, it’s likely to be for lower-profile players. You don’t have to be pursuing superstars in free agencies or trades to be a Finals contender next season.

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