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Statistical analysis just part of Brad Stevens’s game

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At his first chance to speak Friday, Brad Stevens tried to shed a label that he’s been carrying around for a while, a label he believes isn’t as true as most believe.

Sitting before a packed ballroom at the Hynes Convention Center, the rookie Celtics coach told the crowd that he “somehow got tagged as an ‘analytics guy,’ maybe fair or unfair, or right or wrong . . .”

It’s no secret that Stevens is fond of advanced statistics.

After all, that’s why he was asked to join other basketball types — a former NBA coach, two former NBA executives, and Celtics executive Mike Zarren — on a panel discussion titled “basketball analytics” at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the top gathering of analytic-minded sports figures in the country.

But Stevens believes that reputation has been blown out of proportion.

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