The Boston Celtics have experienced a lot of bumps in the road this season as we reach the month of March, but one constant has been head coach Doc Rivers. He is the ultimate players coach and always knows how to get the most out of his players. It is simply amazing how much he has had to go through this season, just think about it. He loses his best player in Rajon Rondo for the rest of the season and he also lost one of his best front court players for the year in rookie Jared Sullinge. In addition, he has received sub-par performances from Brandon Bass and Jason Terry. Starting shooting guard Avery Bradley missed the first half of the season due to shoulder surgery. He also hasn’t had a true back-up center all season.
For this team to be 31-27 and only two games back of the number four seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture is absolutely remarkable. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are only getting older and are no longer the constant threats that they have been for a majority of their respective careers. Rivers absolutely deserves to be in the conversation for NBA Coach of the Year. No coach has done more with less. There are a number of strong candidates in the running for the award, including Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers, Mike Woodson of the New York Knicks and Marc Jackson of the Golden State Warriors, among others. All of these guys have a great case for the award, but Rivers should at least be in the discussion.
The Celtics have battled through a long season thus far and Doc Rivers has done a remarkable job keeping this team afloat.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18