Found May 11, 2012 on NESN.com:
PLAYERS: Doc Rivers
TEAMS: Atlanta Hawks
Eastern-conference
BOSTON -- Maybe it was only adrenaline, but Doc Rivers looked as energized as he could have been after Thursday's victory over the Atlanta Hawks. One day of practice between playoff rounds and a matchup from hell, based on recent history, did not dim the excitement in Rivers' tired eyes. The win helped to put the Celtics head coach in a good mood, of course, as it assured the Celtics of a berth in the conference semifinals for the fifth straight year. He even managed to joke about the Philadelphia 76ers, an opponent that beat his team twice in three...
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