HALL OF FAME NFL coach Bill Parcells famously opined after his tenure with the New England Patriots: “If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”
But for these Celtics, Stevens adheres to the same “In Danny We Trust” mantra as the team’s fan base. And while the coach has plenty of input in personnel decisions, he’s perfectly fine with Ainge having the final say.
“Danny is not going to hesitate to do what he thinks is best,” Stevens said. “Partly because he’s Danny and he’s got big-time guts, right?”
Chris Davis (L), 29.6 percent, Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays (RHP Jacob Faria): Trust a .169 batting average and an ugly 26.5 hard-hit rate? Davis could at least run into one from Faria, who’s a fly ball pitcher struggling to throw strikes early on. Faria can’t afford a mistake, especially at homer-friendly Camden Yards..
Scooter Gennett (L), 30.5 percent, Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves (RHP Matt Wisler): Some of the shine has worn off from his 2017 breakout early this year, as his dipping shareholder percentage shows supporters leaving in droves. Still, Gennett has a pair of two-RBI efforts in the last three games, which may mean he’s waking up. Though Wisler is a streamer option, Gennett, an established platoon specialist, could be one of several Reds left-handed sticks to make the assignment more difficult.
Terry Rozier, Celtics guard: “[Brown] was coming off a stagger, and I gave him a look and I kind of figured that Bledsoe would bite. It kind of allowed me to make a move to get to my step-back [3-pointer]. That was an option for me to shoot, it was an option for Morris to slip to the basket [after screening for Brown]. Just all three options, and I went with mine.”
Jaylen Brown, Celtics guard: “I didn’t even see what happened. [Rozier] did some dribble, behind-the-back crossover. He was wide open. Hell of a move and a hell of a shot.”
Eric Bledsoe, Bucks guard: “I heard a playcall. I was trying to play the stunt, and [Rozier] did a great job of reading it. And he made a big shot.”
Rozier: “I haven’t seen [the play]. I’m looking forward to seeing it, though.”
“There were a couple drives where we moved the ball well, then we’d kind of stall out,” Murray said. “Obviously, as a quarterback, you don’t want to do that. You want to put points up as many times as you can.”