NBA coaches often give brief assessments of the opposing team during pregame media interviews, and before almost every Celtics game, the assessment has been identical.
“This team plays as hard as any team in the NBA,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said Sunday.
Vogel became the latest in a long line of NBA coaches using it before his team destroyed the Celtics by 27 points.
Said Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd: “They play hard and they play together.”
Said Minnesota coach Rick Adelman: “They play really hard. They come at you. They’re never out of a game. They just keep competing.”
Said former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, now the coach of the Clippers: “[Celtics coach Brad Stevens] has his team competing every night.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.