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Brad Stevens Asked About Similarities To Philadelphia Eagles, Answer Will Impress Fans

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Mike Brest Reporter

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was Wednesday asked if his team reminds him of the Philadelphia Eagles in regards to overcoming injuries to key players.

Stevens’ response: “I’m a Patriots fan.”

The parallels are clear. Boston is currently taking on the Philadelphia Sixers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. They are playing without their top two players, Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg during the Celtics’ season opener back in October. Irving is out after having procedures on knee following a history of knee issues dating back to his time in Cleveland.

Similarly, the Eagles had to overcome losing their starting quarterback, MVP front-runner Carson Wentz. Backup Nick Foles was inserted into the starting lineup and while his play fluctuated, the former St. Louis Rams’ QB led the birds to the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl victory, defeating the Patriots.

Stevens was spotted wearing a Patriots hat the day before the big game in February.