The spectacular comeback of the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t be possible without Lamar Stevens, and head coach J.B. Bickerstaff made sure to deliver his warm praise to the hustling forward at the postgame of their 118-114 overtime win over the Boston Celtics.
“There’s no way we win that game without Lamar,” Bickerstaff said, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He set and changed the tone of the physicality, the effort. I know I say this a lot, but I love in this team that they didn’t want to disappoint him. He was giving it his full effort and they weren’t going to let his effort go wasted. They figured out a way. They raised their level and out-competed them and went out and won the game.”
Stevens emerged as the primary energy cog of the Cavs over the Celtics, as his hustle and dirty work propelled the club to rally and gain the overtime win after being down by double-digits in the fourth frame.
The young wingman pulled off eight points and eight boards, wherein six of it came from crucial offensive possessions. His late three-pointer at the corner spot allowed Cleveland to go up 114-112.
With the win, the Cavs have proven themselves as strong performers on crunch time, going 7-0 on their overtime occasions this 2022-23 season.