Stephen A. Smith didn't expect 'roller-coaster season' from Celtics & Brad Stevens | First Take

  • Published on:  1/11/2019
  • Stephen A. Smith is concerned with the direction the Boston Celtics' 2018-19 NBA season following a loss to the Miami Heat. Max Kellerman and Stephen A. are also surprised with the San Antonio Spurs' success after their win in double-overtime over the Oklahoma City Thunder.✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube:✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube:✔ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube:✔ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: on Social Media:► Follow on Twitter:► Like on Facebook:► Follow on Instagram: ESPN on YouTube to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball, soccer and more. More on


  • champagne kevin
    champagne kevin 7 months ago+258

    "wait till we get kyrie and hayward back"

  • TheBlackPhantomHD
    TheBlackPhantomHD 7 months ago+405

    Didn't the Miami Heat end both of the Celtics win streaks last year? lol

  • jan rodriguez
    jan rodriguez 7 months ago+386

    Celtics got too many ballers with big egos.

  • Corpy Hogan
    Corpy Hogan 7 months ago+324

    The Celtics are a team with talented guys but no true leader 💯 Kyrie needs to step up and be the “Leader” he always wanted to be and the rest of the guys need to put their egos aside for the good of the team

  • A Real Good Guy
    A Real Good Guy 7 months ago+261

    The Heat was too hot for them

  • Youngboy_uzi_Kodak
    Youngboy_uzi_Kodak 7 months ago+136

    The Celtics will be fine once Larry bird come back don't panic Celtics fans

  • Hail-Mary J
    Hail-Mary J 7 months ago+853

    Kyrie thought what Lebron does for a team was gonna be easy...

  • Hecameup
    Hecameup 7 months ago+75

    Not once did they say 'Miami Heat'
    Not ONCE

  • kefkapalazzo1
    kefkapalazzo1 7 months ago+194

    I didn’t expect the Celtics to be the 5th seed but people were seriously overrating them after the playoffs.

  • Sean Houlker
    Sean Houlker 7 months ago+229

    Where’s the Brad Stevens is a genius narrative?

  • Daniel Kosmala
    Daniel Kosmala 7 months ago+183

    Once again why doesnt Kyrie a top 10-15 player (in a lot of people's eyes) not get any criticism for this? He comes back in and there is dysfunction after the team went to the ECF without him ... whenever there is any dysfunction on Lebron teams it's his fault .... why dont we hold other players to the same account as this man?!?!? The media constantly praises his leadership and his talent even though he will have a great standout game 1 out of every 5 tries or something

  • SK
    SK 7 months ago+118

    Imagine if Pop had this much talent he'd be top of the west right now 🤦‍♂️ Brad Stevens is overrated can't believe he was getting compared to the GOAT coach smh.

    RODEO CINEMAX 7 months ago+22

    I don’t want to hear no Kyrie bs this has nothing to do with him we just had an off night and the Heat smoked us like they usually do in Miami...

  • ant fan
    ant fan 7 months ago+67

    Celtics are playing inconsistent ball

  • Slick Ric
    Slick Ric 7 months ago+125

    Brad Stevens needs to be a better leader and control the locker room.

  • Good Music
    Good Music 7 months ago+25

    Celtics only have 1 problem. To dont attack the paint. They feel like they can get any shot at any time so they shoot to many low percentage jump shots.

  • Lowkey OJ
    Lowkey OJ 7 months ago+30

    Celtics just have to many mouths to feed

  • Frankie Russell
    Frankie Russell 7 months ago+9

    Boston's up and down season was a product of Celtics playoff run last year without Kyrie and Hayward. The young guys believe they can lead the ship, and Kyrie being the best player is still trying to prove his worthy (playing for contract). Not too mention Hayward trying to play up to his contract.

  • subididuppap
    subididuppap 7 months ago+41

    Dont let First Take distract you from the fact that Jokic (age 23) tied Kareem Abdul Jabbar for the 2nd place of most tripple doubles from a center.

  • Marlon
    Marlon 7 months ago+5

    I knew since summer that Jaylen, Tatum and Rozier would fall off this year with Irving and Haywood coming back. Also Haywood was never going to duplicate his years in UTAH. Stephen is just looking for excuses because he was wetting himself at the start of the season saying that the Celtics were the best team in the East and that they could beat GSW in the finals. Lmao Stephen A Smith is always wrong and can never admit it. Raptors have been great with a new coach and fitting in Kawhi and Danny also Spurs did well integrating Derozan. Celtics with Irving and Haywood didn’t mesh well with the team. Also let’s remember Haywood signed to Celtics with the intention of being a lone superstar along with Horford. Then the surprise trade for Irving came and bam Haywood low key not happy. Irving ain’t happy. The young players aren’t happy. The Celtics I believe will trade most of the team over the summer and they might move players by February.