Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 5/30/12
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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 in the league.  Some of the guys are old enough to have played with Moses Malone.  The others played with Moses.  The point is these guys are old.  And even they young ones like Rondo have a lot of playoff mileage on them.  Doc has done a masterful job of working the Big 3′s minutes while blending in some of the younger pieces. Teammates say he had a wicked jump hook. All The Injuries –  Doc isn’t a real Doctor, but his team this season has been full of real patients.  From leg, and ankle injuries, to wrist, shoulder, head and heart failures, this team has resembled a pack of “Walking Dead” zombies and peg-legged pirates for most of the season.  Doc has performed a masterful Criss Angel illusion this season with the likes of Ryan Hollins and Greg Stiemsma. Many great players have worn The Celtics jersey. He is not one of them. All The Trade Rumors -  There hasn’t been this much discussion over where NBA players are going since the last Kardashian family dinner.  Doc has done a great job moving the team forward and keeping everyone’s heads in the game despite all the trade talk. The Rondo Factor - He’s volatile, unpredictable, and can be hard to control at times.  He can do spectacular things, but doesn’t always listen and can destroy entire game plans with a bounce or jump.  Basically, if the Celtics were The Avengers, Rondo would be the Hulk.  He’ll win you the battle, but can do a lot of damage along the way.  And he might turn into a lame scientist at some point.  You just don’t know what you’ll get from him. Rondo SMASH!! I mentioned the Avengers. Here’s a pretty one. Moving KG To Center -  This makes no sense on paper.  Move one of the oldest, skinniest guys in the league to the center position against the likes of Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum.  But somehow Doc found the flex capacitor for the DeLorean on this one.  Garnett’s hasn’t played this well in years he’s having an outstanding postseason.  Doc also knew there aren’t that many dominating centers in the league these days and bet on KG being able to outplay most of the mediocre ones while taking his chances when they faced  the good ones.  And that strategy has worked.
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