Found June 04, 2012 on Red's Army:
Doc Rivers has, from time to time, shown he's not entirely fond of last year's Celtics team.  He'll tell you flat out that last year's team was more talented than this one, but this one actually plays together.  Today, less than a day removed from a tough, gritty win to even up the Eastern Conference Finals at two games each, he brought it up again. "I look at this year's team and last year's team and last year's team we would have been out of the playoffs already.  We just weren't the same.  We weren't a team.  This team is very close, they're very competitive.  I think they understand Rondo is the leader of this team, everyone else plays with Rondo.  Kevin is still a great player. Paul is still our best scorer.  They've kind of gotten out of each others' way with roles.  Then I think all the new guy have added a great competitive energy to our basketball team." Last year's team featured guys like Delonte Wes...

Doc Rivers says he was late to the game because he was watching Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods could continue his incredibly inconsistent play for another five years and more than half of the golf world would still be checking the leaderboard on Saturdays and Sundays searching for his name. Doc Rivers is apparently no exception. As you have likely heard, Tiger won the Memorial on Sunday and tied Jack Nicklaus with 73 PGA tournament victories. He did it with the...

Doc Rivers Conference Call - 6/4/12

Doc Rivers talks to the media. He answers many questions, except on officiating. I am also an idiot who wasn't aware that Avery Bradley had surgery. Embarrassing. At least my question on the final play was a good one though.

Does the pick-and-pop game return for KG and the Celtics tonight?

Doc Rivers has been stressing the post game so much that I wouldn't be surprised if the team put a shock collar on him and set it to go off 5 feet from the rim.  And as you can see from one Jay's videos from the Greenlights earlier today, it really paid off. But the playoffs are all about matchup and adjustments.  KG is taller than all of the Heat, and the C's...

Doc Rivers Believes Celtics Are Under Just As Much Pressure as Heat

If the Celtics should end up falling short of winning an NBA championship this season, most of the basketball-watching world will give them a respectful nod for making it this far. If the Heat come up short, they will be fricasseed. Those outcomes do not affect the amount of pressure either team faces, however, in the eyes of Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Whereas it would appear that...

Doc Rivers not buying Kevin Garnett retirement talk, thinks KG will return to Celtics

Doc on Sunday conversation: he's not buying KG retirement talk and thinks he'll be back with the Celtics next season.54 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite@KenGriffeyRulesJon WallachHow long can the Big Three era keep ticking? Technically it died a long time ago, when Rajon Rondo spun a web of triple doubles in the 2009 playoffs and it became clear the...

Chris Bosh likely to return in Game 5, Doc Rivers says Celtics won’t need adjustments

Chris Bosh is likely to return from a lower-abdominal strain in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but Doc Rivers says the Boston Celtics won’t require any strategic adjustments if he does. (ESPN)Celtics coach Doc Rivers made himself perfectly clear on this topic when asked how much Garnett’s coverage would change if and when the seven-time All-Star takes the floor....

Doc Rivers Plays It Safe, Smart With Celtics' Lack of Practice in Playoffs

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Paul Pierce was in street clothes, while Rajon Rondo shuffled around in flip-flops. On their one-day break between Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics were not about to be mistaken for the Richmond High School boys basketball team engaging in one of the grueling practices from Coach Carter. Days off are almost precisely that for the Celtics...

Doc Rivers Conference Call 6.4.12

Yours truly is on this call again asking hard hitting questions. Except I made a boneheaded play by asking about Avery Bradley's surgery, clearly I am the only one who missed that headline.

Your Morning Dump... Where the Celtics want to throw it in and see how they react

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “It’s easier to post someone out of pick and roll than it is just straight post,” Rivers said. “Their weakside is so athletic with LeBron or Wade, it’s difficult to throw a pass up in the air. But...

Celtics saving their legs for games

On Sunday night, the Boston Celtics played their 17th game of this postseason. That would leave the ratio of games played to full practices held at 17-to-1. "I think we've had one practice maybe since the Atlanta series -- or during the Atlanta series," said Doc Rivers. "I don't know if we've had one. It's not by choice. I mean, it's by need...

Video: Rajon Rondo creates crease where it doesn’t exist, hits Paul Pierce

Here’s Doc Rivers on Rondo “crossing a line” by becoming consistent:“Yeah, he’s good. That’s what he is now, when you think about it. He’s just a good basketball player. Great basketball player. And now he’s consistent. That’s when you cross the line, when you’re no longer inconsistent. He’s consistent. His effort has been consistent. He’s been just terrific for us.”

Celtics Must Remain Focused on Heat, Not Referees, to Prevail in Tense Eastern Conference Finals (Podcast)

It's a best-of-three series now. The Celtics and the Heat have three games left to determine a winner in the Eastern Conference Finals after dueling to a draw through the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals. Coach Doc Rivers and the C's are riding high after capturing Game 4 in overtime, but they certainly still have their work cut out for them. They'll...

Rivers Won't Adjust Game Plan To Account For Bosh

Doc Rivers has prepared for every game as if Chris Bosh would be in uniform for Miami.

Your Morning Dump... Where Chris Bosh is just another body

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “I don’t know how much different it will be,’’ Rivers said. “Kevin will try to post up whoever they throw out there. [Bosh] is just another body, a talented player, and he poses his own problems...

Heat Pushed to Brink

It took a team defensive effort for the Celtics to hold the Heat to just 39 percent shooting overall.  Boston switched between man and zone coverages in order to confuse Miami, showing the most when they began to take unnecessary jump shots.   “They jumped on us at the beginning of the game and we just told our guys to just hang in there.  Just hang in there,” Boston Celtics...
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