OKLAHOMA CITY — The Celtics talk of measuring progress in a different manner this season, because, according to the win-loss column, they’re not making much of it at all.
So, rookie coach Brad Stevens refers to the little things that his team does in defeats that represent small but perhaps significant signs of improvement.
That’s all he can do at this point, really.
“I thought our ball movement in the first half was really good,” he said late Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
And that was it. He couldn’t squeeze any other positives from his team’s lifeless 119-96 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have the best record in the Western Conference (27-7). Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.