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.

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  • champagne kevin (Jan 11, 2019)

    "wait till we get kyrie and hayward back"

  • Spider-Man (Jan 14, 2019)

    +Asmosis Jones Kyrie is not the problem. Jayson Tatum doesn't go to the basket anymore, his shots attempts outside the paint improved to 22% from last year with less efficiency than last year. Brown has regressed, no one but Kyrie actively looks to get Hayward going. The team is divided and that's all there is to it

  • Spider-Man (Jan 14, 2019)

    It's not on Kyrie and Hayward. It's the young guys Tatum, rozier and brown. All letting last year's ECF run go to their heads. Kyrie is still the best option on the team for a bucket in the final seconds. The young guys don't want to follow his lead nor do they want to reincorporate Hayward. Dissension is what is causing my Celts to lose

  • Hail-Mary J (Jan 11, 2019)

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

  • Xiao-Tian Zhang (Jan 16, 2019)

    I am working in the area of physics. As a comparison, I want my total independence as a researcher(last 2 years in my Phd). I began to fight for that by saying no to my supervisor, and started to work on my own "idea". After one year, I ended up no where, but along the way, I have learnt so much about the research life. And, then I decided to come back to my supervisor, one month later, I published a paper. And, I will keep working with other senior physicists before I am truly independent. T...

  • Golden Screen Warriors (Jan 14, 2019)

    Lakers are 23-20 and 8th seed he should worry bout his team

  • jan rodriguez (Jan 11, 2019)

    Celtics got too many ballers with big egos.

  • Robert Johnson (Jan 13, 2019)

    +Dre Deer He does have a good jumper

  • Robert Johnson (Jan 13, 2019)

    What about Brad Stevens tho?

  • TheBlackPhantomHD (Jan 11, 2019)

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

  • Steven Bustamante (Jan 13, 2019)

    +Smoking Trees Stroking Threes You referred to the Heat as a "thing" so I assumed you didn't follow basketball and just watched whichever team was good at the moment. Where were the Celtics before the Big 3? They were a mediocre team for almost 2 decades before they added KG and Allen.

  • Steven Bustamante a bandwagon that lives in Boston and roots for the Celtics? A bandwagon who realized that the only reason the Heat whooped us was because of LeBron? Trust me everybody knows the Heat wouldn’t be crap without LeBron.

  • NLMB GBE (Jan 11, 2019)

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

  • Jared McGorman (Jan 14, 2019)

    NLMB GBE and the Lakers will be fine when Kobe comes out of retirement

  • Corpy Hogan (Jan 11, 2019)

    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

  • Michael D (Jan 13, 2019)

    +Geraldo S Those Cavs teams were lottery teams because Kyrie 2nd best player was Dion Waiters,Celtics were 1st seed before Kyrie went injured last year

  • R P (Jan 12, 2019)

    If you believe the Earth is flat, you can't be a leader. Sadly...I'm not even joking. If my boss told me that, I would instantly think he was a joke. Regardless of that, I would try and trade him to the Knicks for Porzingis. I would be cool with Rozier/Smart at the point, and get Brown/Tatum more ball time.

  • Daniel Kosmala (Jan 11, 2019)

    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

  • Ahmed Awad (Jan 13, 2019)

    Asmosis Jones I think, I think. Shut the fuck up. He’s not a ball hog, he’s not a weakness on defence, and he doesn’t over dribble. Watch one goddamn celtics games and maybe you would figure out the problem. If you don’t watch, stop fucking talking you sound like an idiot.

  • Asmosis Jones (Jan 13, 2019)

    I think boston would be better without kyrie...he seems to ball hog and over dribble and hes a weakness on defense..with the deptht hey have they don't need a 20 ppg guy..tatum at 16 a night can be the go to scorer late with everyone else getting their 4-15 a night around him

  • Brett Maverick (Jan 11, 2019)

    56 points... in DOUBLE OVERTIME

  • Youtube Channel (Jan 12, 2019)

    with not 3s

  • percy percy (Jan 12, 2019)

    There's always that one guy 😂😂

  • Hecameup (Jan 11, 2019)

    Not once did they say 'Miami Heat'Not ONCE

  • Jared McGorman (Jan 14, 2019)

    Hecameup because they suck

  • Sebslasher 88 (Jan 12, 2019)

    Why would they

  • Sean Houlker (Jan 11, 2019)

    Where’s the Brad Stevens is a genius narrative?

  • Asmosis Jones (Jan 13, 2019)

    with the 10-11 guys the Celtics have you would think they would be on pace for 72 wins if their coach was like pop or phil...I think we see how overrated brad is..he cant figure it out...they Celtics have so many solid nba rotation players and they act like they have too much?..they should be the new warriors...wings shooting depth length skill..kyrie is the only guy who can create on this team...its kind of a joke...

  • Robert Johnson (Jan 13, 2019)

    +Mac Milly D. Donalson Brad still has more to learn