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No detail is too small for Celtics coach Brad Stevens

Celtics Brad Stevens was not at all happy about how his first year in Boston went.

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The games may be over for the Celtics but the work never ends for their second-year mentor.

Bulls 99, Cavaliers 92

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Missing Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, Cleveland couldn’t keep up with Chicago.

Clippers 117, Rockets 101

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With Chris Paul sidelined, L.A.’s power forward led the way with a triple-double.

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The Golden State point guard is the franchise’s first MVP since Wilt Chamberlain in 1960.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens is known for communicating well with his players. “I don’t like being mad,” he said. “It’s not enjoyable to be always yelling or always screaming.”

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Brad Stevens the springboard for coaches jumping to NBA

Stevens said his transition to the pros from Butler University has been rewarding.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal gets off a shot over Hawks defender Pero Antic during an NBA second-round basketball payoff series game on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Atlanta. Washington won 104-98. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta-Journal Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT, GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT, LOCAL TV OUT (WXIA, WGCL, FOX 5)

NBA Playoff Roundup

NBA playoff roundup: Wizards roll over Hawks

Bradley Beal shook off a sprained ankle to score 28 points as Washington knocked off top-seeded Atlanta.

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The second-year coach reflected on the progress his team made this past season and what lies ahead for the Green.

Hawks 111, Nets 87

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Paul Millsap had 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in Atlanta’s series-clinching victory.

NBA playoff roundup: Bulls slip by Cavaliers in opener

Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 21, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 99-92 victory over the shorthanded Cavaliers.

Danny Ainge’s plan is to sell potential free agents on the new Celtics, not Celtics tradition.

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Celtics will need to sell free agents on coming to Boston

Danny Ainge’s plan is to pitch the Celtics as a team on the rise with a brilliant young coach.

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The Celtics’ team president provided a state of the team, including its stance on Jared Sullinger and Jae Crowder.

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The move will make the forward, acquired in a trade with the Mavericks, a restricted free

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Team president Danny Ainge said the forward/center is hurting the longevity of his career by not being in top shape.

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The 49-year-old former Providence College star led Florida to two national championships and four Final Fours in 19 years as Gators coach.

2008: The last Celtics championship

Special Section

Celtics finished off Lakers for team’s 17th NBA title

Look back in the Boston Globe archives at coverage of the Celtics’ first championship in 22 years.