Brad Stevens on NCAA title game: 'I usually turn it off when the confetti's falling'

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knows all too well what it's like for an NCAA men's basketball title game to come down to the final seconds. So when he was asked about Villanova's thrilling win over North Carolina on Monday night, Stevens offered some playful responses about the game.

"I usually turn it off when the confetti's falling, to be quite honest," said Stevens before deadpanning, "Not that I have any memories or anything."

Stevens took Butler University to the NCAA title game in consecutive years, including the 2010 championship matchup in which Gordon Hayward's desperation midcourt heave nearly banked home in a 61-59 loss to Duke.

The Celtics made a cross-country flight to Boston after Sunday's win over the Lakers, meaning a morning arrival. Stevens said he watched the first half of Monday's NCAA title game then caught highlights of the finish on Tuesday morning.

Asked about the big shots each team made in the closing moments, Stevens said, "I think I'm probably the wrong person to ask. I think it's obviously cool to see those kids perform on that stage and get those opportunities and I'm happy for all of them that they got that. To make shots in that moment, and to ultimately win it, and the way that both teams handled it, I thought was really impressive."

Stevens' focus Tuesday was on putting his shorthanded team through practice as Boston prepares for the final five games of the regular season while stuck in a logjam with three other teams in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff ladder.

The Celtics practiced without Evan Turner (eye) on Tuesday. Jonas Jerebko also missed the session due to personal reasons. Turner will not play in Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, while Jerebko is expected to be available.

Boston also sent two of its youngsters -- rookie big man Jordan Mickey and second-year swingman James Young -- to the Maine Red Claws of the D-League with the team set to open the D-League playoffs in Canton. Young had already been on assignment, but sending Mickey meant Boston had only 10 available bodies for Tuesday's practice.

"I expect to practice well, prepare well, and move forward," said Stevens.

Bradley, who missed Sunday's game in Los Angeles due to the birth of his second child, practiced with the team on Tuesday and will be back in the starting lineup on Wednesday.