It was an emotional return for one of Boston’s beloved sons, former Head Coach of the Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers and in the end, the 96-88 victory he walked away with was paled in comparison to the love he felt from fans at the Garden.
“I’m still emotional,’’ Rivers said after the game. “It was just a really nice day. It’s just such a classy place here. When I walked out — and I’m not used to walking out from that side — I was basically useless for the first 18 minutes of the game.”
“For nine years, this was my family,’’ Rivers said. “My family never moved here. This was my family . . . I’ve always been an emotional guy. I just hope I can coach the game tonight and get through it. You don’t invest nine years in an organization and town . . . I fell in love with more than the team.’’
The Celtics get back to action tomorrow night against Carmello Anthony and the New York Knicks. Great seats and tickets are still available!