Brad Stevens on Celtics heading into trade deadline: ‘I like our roster a lot’

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CLEVELAND -- This has been one of the rockier seasons of the Brad Stevens era in Boston, with a team for the first time in years performing beneath expectations during the first half of the year. In the midst of all the turmoil, the Celtics have started to turn the corner in the win-loss column in recent weeks. They have won nine of their last ten games, bringing them into a tie for the third seed with the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers in the East standings.

There is still plenty of work to be done to catch the Raptors and Bucks for a top-two seed over the next 29 games of the year but Stevens appears to be content to do it with the group he's worked with all season.

"I like our roster a lot," Stevens said when asked about potential changes heading into the deadline.

The head coach wouldn't budge at all when asked about specific areas on the edges where the C's could use some improvements as a squad.

"Not my job. I coach," he said. "Ultimately, we need to all be able to get the most out of each other and play great. Our focus has been on this roster all year."

Stevens turned to the Patriots as an example of improving from within on this front, noting how he spoke to his players about how that group righted the ship in the middle of the season on their way to a Super Bowl title on Sunday.