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Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas sent ‘long text’ to explain outburst

It appears Isaiah Thomas’ critical comments about Brad Stevens’ lineup “experimenting” have all but been forgotten, so says the Boston Celtics head coach himself.

An extremely frustrated Thomas vented in the locker room after Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in which the Celtics blew a double-digit lead, a setback that followed a brutal loss to the Phoenix Suns the night before.

“Everything,” Thomas, still in uniform a half-hour after the game, said of his frustration. “We should have won this game. We should have won [Sunday] night [in Phoenix]. We can’t be experimenting in Game 63.”

Stevens on Wednesday did his part to extinguish any smoldering fires ignited by Thomas’ comments during an appearance on 98.5 The Spots Hub’s “Zolak & Bertrand” show.

“I didn’t really put much thought into it. I didn’t even really register it until it became more of a talking point in the media and it was brought to my attention,” Stevens said. “Soon thereafter I got a long text from Isaiah. … When you get interviewed right after a tough loss or even when you get interviewed right after an emotional win, sometimes the emotions speak. And so, I understand there’s frustration, I don’t lose a lot of sleep over it.”

Stevens went on to note that Thomas is a “competitive guy,” saying, ‘[t]hat’s one of the things that I really like about Isaiah, is every loss really hurts.”

Stevens’ hand was forced into “experimenting,” as Thomas put it, due in large part to injuries in the losses both Sunday and Monday. Thomas seems to have recognized that in hindsight, but his emotions got the best of him in the heat of the moment.

And Stevens seems to have no problem with it, thanks to Thomas’ “long text.” After all, despite losing two straight and five of their last 10 games, the Celtics (40-24) still hold the No. 2 seed in the East. Things could be worse.