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.’’
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The 2013/ Media Day passed with little noise or new news. With head Coach Doc Rivers, Big Ticket Kevin Garnett and now Paul Pierce gone, there was little the now Rajon Rondo led team could espouse to be happy about.
New Celtic Gerald Wallace was looking forward to an “open window” of championship runs with the New Jersey Nets when a draft day trade sent him south.
“Being traded is a process nobody likes to go through,” Wallace said.”This trade kind of caught me off guard. You kind of sit back and look at yourself and wonder what happened. There’s always a period where it’s tough, especially coming from a playoff team where we were completing for a championship, and then coming here and starting the process all over again.”
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When the Boston Celtics won game five of the first round of their Eastern Conference quarter finals match up with the New York Knicks, hope became more than a word. It became a reality.
Nobody said it was going to be easy but now it’s a series. We had an opportunity tonight to close it and we didn’t get it done,” Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said. “At the end of the day I still say we control our destiny and there’s a lot of basketball left to be played.”
The Celtics beat the Knicks at their own game shooting 50% from the arc (11-22) in route to a solid 92-86 victory.
“It’s another Game 7 for us. Every game since we’ve been down 3-0 has been Game 7 for us and that’s the way we’ve been viewing it instead of thinking of it as a 3-0 game,” Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said. “You want to win the Game 7’s and we’re looking at each one of these as Game 7’s, so it’s still a ton of pressure on us. We’re playing a really good basketball team and we know that.”
The Celtics know what’s at stake and, win or lose, will come to play. Playoff veteran Kevin Garnett, who pulled down 18 rebounds in game 5, knows that if his team can force a game 7 in New York, all pressure falls on their shoulders.