Doc Rivers Out Coached? Not a Chance

By Rob Lunder

The Boston Celtics‘ 2012-2013 season came to a close on Friday night as the team was eliminated in game six of the NBA playoffs against the New York Knicks. This was the first playoff series win for the Knicks in forever, so obviously they are a happy bunch. An interesting topic was raised as the season finished which is was head coach Doc Rivers out coached this season?

Not a chance. Even though the team finished 41-40 in the regular season and got bounced in the first round, he still did a heck of a coaching job with this team. Think about the adversity they had to go through this season.

To start the year, Avery Bradley missed the first two months of the season, and he never really got into a groove as the season went on. During the middle of the season he lost star point guard Rajon Rondo to a torn ACL and lost emerging rookie forward Jared Sullinger with a bad back. Those are two huge contributors for the franchise, and the Rondo injury in particular was extremely devastating. The guy is one of the best players in the game for a reason, and it is almost impossible to replace his production, especially in the playoffs when Rondo typically reaches another gear. Rivers got awful seasons from Jason Terry and Courtney Lee as well.

Rivers did so much this season with less. He still had his team fighting in the playoffs and they never gave up. That is a trait he will always stand by, and this season only helped to validate him as one of the best coaches in the league.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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