Brad Stevens’s difficult week included a root canal and identity theft

Hayden Bird, Boston.com Staff

February 26, 2021 | 10:20 AM

The Bruins lost to the Islanders on Thursday, 7-2. Tied 2-2 heading into the third period, Boston was unable to contain a barrage of five New York goals.

Tonight, both the Bruins and Celtics are back in action. The Bruins face the Rangers at 7 p.m., while the Celtics tip off against the Pacers at 7:30 p.m.

Brad Stevens discussed his difficult week: Since Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Celtics are 1-4, including multiple losses to the Hawks. It’s been a difficult stretch for Boston, as the team is currently below .500 despite preseason expectations that they would be a contender in the Eastern Conference.

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Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has come under criticism for the team’s underachievement, even as players like Jayson Tatum as well as president of basketball operations Danny Ainge have defended him.

Stevens, asked about how things have been in the last few days, offered a telling quote during his Thursday interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak & Bertrand.”

“I was just telling my wife, I had a root canal and my identity stolen last week and I think those were two of my better days in the last eight days,” said Stevens. “It’s just been what it is.”

“This has been a tough stretch,” Stevens admitted. “This has been a tough, obviously, first 32 games, whatever it is. It’s not that unpredictable,…

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