Comebacks have become a pretty common theme for this Celtics team. Thursday’s 114-103 win over the Sixers marked the ninth time this year in 44 games the C’s have rallied from a deficit of 12 or more points for a victory. The seventh-straight win for Boston put them in a tie for best overall record with the Warriors, and also was the 200th career win for Brad Stevens as Celtics head coach.
For much of the first half of the season, Stevens has found a way to patch together these comebacks with an undermanned roster. He’s had to search through different combinations, dive deep into his bench and piece together the right groups on the right nights to give the Celtics a chance while learning on the fly what he has to work with in the wake of Gordon Hayward’s injury and a revamped roster.
Thursday’s win marked some more mastery by Stevens on that front, but it also was one of the first time this season that he had a full roster (minus Hayward) to work with. That luxury helped Stevens turn a 22-point deficit into a dominant win by the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Here’s a closer look at how Stevens put the Celtics in position to succeed after a sensational start by the Sixers: