Brad Stevens called a meeting shortly after Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and the Celtics completed an emotional three-games-in-four nights period.

Stevens warned the Celtics to not use their youth as an excuse.

"Expedite your learning curve," Stevens remembered saying. "If there's film to watch, or something you need to work on with a coach, go do it."

"This is my favorite Celtics team ever, in terms of energy, camaraderie and underdog spirit," Wyc Grousbeck said.

"This is a special team," Danny Ainge said. "This is as much fun as I've ever had."