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Popovich preaches patience from the Celtics

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SAN ANTONIO — Gregg Popovich offered a guarantee Wednesday, saying that the Celtics will have success if they remain patient during the rebuilding process under new coach Brad Stevens.

Popovich, the veteran Spurs coach, offered nothing but praise for Stevens before the teams faced off at the AT&T Center, a game won by San Antonio, 104-93, saying that he even studied Stevens’s Butler teams.

“When they were on TV, I watched the game, [to] see what I could pick up, [to] see what he did, because he did such a fine job,” Popovich said.

“Yeah, and the answer was no,” Stevens said with a laugh, doubting that there was anything perhaps the NBA’s finest coach could learn from a young college coach.

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