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Five takeaways from Brad Stevens’ media session on Marcus Smart, the Celtics and perspective amid coronavirus pandemic

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Brad Stevens spoke for the first time with the media on Friday since the sports world came to a halt earlier this month due to the coronavirus outbreak. A collection of thoughts on what we learned about the Celtics from the head coach in the crisis amid an era of uncertainty for the sports world.

1. Marcus Smart is still doing well after testing positive for coronavirus: The guard was the only Celtic tested that is dealing with the virus and remains asymptomatic according to Stevens as he remains in great spirits during his quarantine period.

“Joking as always,” Stevens said of Smart. "We had a Zoom conference with the team, told the team we were going to give them their own space to hang out and have fun. And he told us to get off. So he’s great.”

Smart spoke out last week after testing positive with the illness, a move that was praised by Stevens.

“I’m proud of how he kind of took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online and just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now,” Stevens said. “It’s a really unique, unsettling time for everyone.”

2. Stevens has taken some of this downtime to evaluate the season for everyone on the current roster: With no games to play for at the moment and no schedule set for whenever the league does return, Stevens has spent much of his last two weeks trying to sort through the progress of his own