Celtics players appreciate Brad Stevens standing up for them, getting ejected

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SALT LAKE CITY — Matt Howard saw the footage in Germany, where the former Butler forward is playing professionally. It caught him by surprise.

“Never seen that before!!!” Howard wrote in an e-mail late Saturday night.

No one had, because Brad Stevens, who coached Howard at Butler University, never had been ejected in his life until hours earlier in the Celtics’ loss to the Kings in Sacramento.

NBA referee Marc Davis tossed the rookie Celtics coach with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter after Stevens criticized Davis’s officiating.

Stevens, whose Celtics (19-38) face the Jazz here Monday night, didn’t shout or say much to Davis. Stevens was measured and direct. But Davis believed that whatever Stevens said warranted an early exit.

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