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Doc Rivers is a pretty good coach, and quite a lot better than many NBA observers realize. When the conversation turns to the top three to five coaches in the NBA, the Celtics' head man seldom comes up, and that is fine. One of the best coaches to ever don a John Deere mesh-back hat, Jerry Sloan, coached for more than 21 seasons without ever getting a whiff of NBA Coach of the Year consideration. Rivers, who won the award in 1999-2000, at least has the edge on Mr. Bull in that regard. Plus, there was that championship in 2008,...

Doc is hurtin' too

The Herald's Steve Bulpett has an injury update on... Doc Rivers? Rivers told the Herald he has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and that he took an epidural to relieve the pain. “It’s been going on for about four weeks,” he said. “I think it was in Game 4 or 5 against Philly that it really got bad, so I just went in and took the shot.” As for the possibility...

Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce needs to be more physical

Doc Rivers started Tuesday’s film session showing every Game 1 layup the Miami Heat made on loop. It was the coach’s way of telling his players they’d performed with a certain softness and lack of purpose that he didn’t find acceptable. But Rivers only called out one player’s physicality by name — Paul Pierce. (WEEI)“It’s easy to read if he has no foul shots and only...

Boston Celtics: Doc Rivers on Game 1 Officiating & Sitting Ray Allen

  Doc Rivers sat down for a one on one interview with Jackie MacMullan today. Candid as always, the Boston Celtics head coach discussed how painful it is to watch Ray Allen struggle as much as he has. He also has been tossing around the idea of sitting Ray every other game to get him some [...]

Doc Rivers blasts referees for technical fouls and deservedly so

With the way the Celtics shot the ball in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Miami, they deserved to lose. The Heat capitalized on several easy-chance buckets and were able to hold off a few runs by Boston to protect their home court. The Celtics probably would have lost the game regardless of how it was officiated, but that does not excuse the actions of the game...

Real Reasons for Celtics' Loss to Heat Extend Beyond Technical Fouls, Controversial Officiating

Doc Rivers stood there, in utter disbelief, at picking up one of the softest technical foul calls in recent memory. Rivers had been hit with the Celtics' second personal technical foul of the game for apparently yelling, "Come on, Eddie" at referee Ed Malloy. Rivers' second quarter tech was one of three whistled on the Celtics in Monday's game, not including...

Why this season has been Doc’s best

Doc Rivers has the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals…again.  This will be their third time in the last five years.  He’s already coached the C’s to a championship, and they’re about to be obliterated by the Heat, but here’s why this season has been his best coaching job. They’re Really Old This Time – The Celtics are one of the top four oldest teams...

Rivers Calls Game 1 Technical Worst Of Career

Referee Ed Malloy called Doc Rivers' technical foul.

Ray Allen might sit for a game to rest ailing ankle, says Doc Rivers

Ray Allen’s shooting woes continued Monday night, when he shot 1-for-7 from the field despite a few open looks, especially early in the contest. The world even tilted off its axis — I mean, Allen even missed four of his seven free throws as he continues to, in his words, fight a battle within himself.I don’t know how Doc Rivers can play Allen 39 minutes one day and then say...

Ray Allen decides not to skip a game; Doc Rivers says ‘not yet’ about potential move

Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics training staff discussed whether Ray Allen should take a game off to rest his ailing ankle, but Allen would rather do whatever he can to help the Celtics on the court. His pleas have convinced Rivers to hold off on the move, at least for now. (ESPN Boston)“My trainers and I discussed (taking a game off),” Allen conceded, “but I really, really...

Tech-Happy NBA Refs Need To Slown Down Their Quick Whistles

I have been bemoaning the NBA officials’ quick whistles on technical fouls and flagrant fouls for awhile now. After last night, I’ve finally had enough. The five technical fouls on the Celtics in Game 1 were ridiculous. Doc Rivers apparently got one for saying “Come on Ed,” to the official, while Ray Allen picked on up for simply saying “No!” after a call went he wrong...

Ray Allen: “Just put me out there and let me do the best I can”

  Doc Rivers told Jackie MacMullan Tuesday that he was considering resting Ray Allen for game 3, possibly every other game for the remainder of the series. Ray Allen spoke to the media on that topic. My trainers and I discussed [taking a game off],” Allen conceded, “but I really, really do not want go [...]

Doc Rivers Says He Won't Sit Ray Allen, May Look to Limit Guard's Floor Time

Ray Allen looks to have lost a step -- or a few -- during the Cetlics recent playoff run. The 36-year-old guard is averaging just 9.6 points per game this postseason and is shooting a concerning 27 percent (15 of 56) on 3-pointers during the playoffs as well. The shooting woes are a definite concern for the Celtics, and sitting down the 10-time All Star has been an idea tossed around...

The NBA Officiating Continues To Deteriorate

Almost exactly one month ago I wrote a piece about the issues with NBA officiating. It certainly wasn’t the first blog post bashing the NBA’s referees, and it damn sure wasn’t the last. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. The NBA officiating sucks. Last night was a monumental moment for the suckatude that is the NBA officials. Is that even debatable? I’m not hearing much...

Resting Ray Allen Could Hold Payoffs, Pitfalls for Celtics

To play Ray or not to play Ray? That is the question. Celtics coach Doc Rivers is considering sitting Ray Allen for a game, he told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan on Tuesday. Allen has suffered through bone spurs in his ankles since even before he missed a week and a half in late March to early April, and the pain has seemed to hamper him more and more as the playoffs have worn on....

Ray Allen Won't Sit Out Game 2 To Rest Ankle

Ray Allen has ruled out the suggestion from Doc Rivers that he sit out Game 2 to rest his injured ankle.
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