• Loading stock data...
Sunday, June 16, 2024

Stevens’ Celtics Win Away From 1st Finals Since 2010

  • The Heat averaged 110 PPG in the regular season, but the Celtics have held them to 98.2 in the series.
  • Brad Stevens is faring much better as GM, masterfully manipulating the NBA’s 11th-highest payroll ($138M) for maximum returns.
Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

In January, the Boston Celtics occupied the East’s 11th seed. Thanks to some smart moves by rookie GM Brad Stevens, they’re now one win away from their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010.

As they’ve done six times on the road this postseason, Boston beat Miami in Game 5 of the conference finals with stifling defense. The Heat were held to 80 points — the third-fewest in a playoff game this year.

The Celtics have simply overpowered the Heat on both sides of the ball.

  • The Heat averaged 110 PPG in the regular season — the Celtics have held them to 98.2.
  • Miami was the most efficient 3PT shooting team in the regular season (39.7%), but went 7-45 (15.6%) from three in Game 5, the second-lowest 3PT% ever on 40+ attempts.
  • Boston is scoring 106.4 PPG on 35.3% 3PT this series, with a 113.0 offensive rating second to only the Warriors.

As Celtics coach, Stevens lost in the Conference Finals three times, but he’s faring much better as GM, masterfully manipulating the NBA’s 11th-highest payroll ($138M) for maximum returns.

Stevens traded Kemba Walker to reacquire Al Horford (2 YRs, 53.5M), re-signed Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart on a bargain (4 YRs, $77M), and successfully gambled on first-year coach Ime Udoka.

The series is now Boston’s to lose — and the C’s haven’t lost two consecutive games since March 30.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

MLB Forges Ahead With Global Tour, Aims to Clear European Hurdles

The London Series with the Mets and Phillies coincides with a Dodgers-Yankees matchup in New York.
Nov 6, 2023; San Francisco, CA, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver acknowledges the crowd before a press conference to announce the selection of the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco Bay Area to host the 2025 NBA All-Star Game at Chase Center.

Adam Silver Says NBA Is Happy With Its 65-Game Participation Policy

The commissioner backed the NBA’s participation policy despite a slew of injuries.

NBA Media-Rights Talks: Silver Says Deals Are Near, Wants to ‘Wrap It Up’

The commissioner highlights the ‘complexity’ of the high-profile media-rights negotiations.
Oct 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; ESPN broadcasters Doris Burke (left) and Ryan Ruocco during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.

Doris Burke Set to Make TV History With NBA Finals Call

The first woman to call a major U.S. men’s championship on TV.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

How the US Open is Designed for Drama


Featured Today

Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; General view of the NFL shield logo signage before the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

Odds Stacked Against NFL in Multibillion-Dollar Sunday Ticket Trial

Why the class action trial does not look promising for the league.
Jan 7, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter (11) takes a three-point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Chase Center.
June 9, 2024

‘Bound to Happen’: The Age of the Sports Betting Scandal Has Arrived

A banishment, betting scheme, and guilty plea all in one scandal-filled span.
June 8, 2024

‘Experimental in Nature’: The Rapid, Confounding Rise of Streaming Bundles

Here’s why confusion continues to outweigh solutions in the streaming package boom.
June 2, 2024

The Nostalgia Market: Michael Jordan’s Memorabilia Remains Coveted, With Caveats

Due to scarcity, and sometimes, items’ undisclosed whereabouts, this world has limitations.

Done Deal: Utah Hockey Club Unveils Identity, Colors, and Jerseys

The newly established NHL franchise selects a color scheme and temporary name.
Jan 21, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie walks off the field after win against the New York Giants during an NFC divisional round game at Lincoln Financial Field.
June 6, 2024

Report: Jeffrey Lurie Exploring Sale of Eagles Minority Stake

A sale would be based on a $7.5 billion team valuation.
June 10, 2024

Real Madrid Flees From Boss’s Claim It Won’t Play in FIFA’s Troubled Club World Cup

Carlo Ancelotti originally said his team won’t play in the U.S. tournament next summer.

How HOKA is Reimagining the NIL Relationship

HOKA, the renowned athletic footwear and apparel brand, is betting on a new reality with NIL.
Jan 11, 2020; Austin, TX, USA; Mike Bloomberg kicks off his presidential campaign in Austin on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
June 6, 2024

Report: Michael Bloomberg Joins Battle for Timberwolves Ownership

The former New York City mayor is worth roughly $106 billion.
Jun 2, 2024; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Max Schuemann (12) waits for the pitch from the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Truist Park.
June 6, 2024

After Vegas Move, A’s Want to Play More Games Outside Vegas

Team proposed playing twice as many neutral-site games as teams typically negotiate.
Premier League champion banner outside of Manchester City's Etihad Stadium
June 5, 2024

Premier League Faces Legal Attack From Most Dominant Club

Manchester City argues independent reviews of sponsorships by owner-tied companies are unfair.
June 4, 2024

Want to Attend Utah NHL Games? Local Residents Will Have an Edge

The newly relocated NHL franchise has much more demand for tickets than capacity at the Delta Center.