By Professor Fred Whitted NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The title above...
Doc Rivers and Clippers Get The Emotional Win (96-88) over Celtics
The Boston Celtics have had a rough offseason losing their coach Doc Rivers and losing Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The first one to make the pitstop back to Boston to face the new look Celtics and Brad Stevens was Doc Rivers. The Celtics as an organization handled the situation with Class and Respect. After the 1st quarter of the game against the Clippers the Celtics played a very touching video tribute of Doc Rivers on the jumbotron that had him close to tears. Doc Rivers waved to the crowd and was saying thank you and was overwhelmed by the moment.
Doc Rivers was asked what will be more emotional….Seeing KG and Pierce or being in the TD Garden? Doc replied ” The Garden hands down because, when I walk into the TD Garden my banner is there and that is something you can never take away from me”.
The Celtics and Clippers game was seriously like a playoff atmosphere in the TD Garden as with every game this season when a great team comes to play. Every time a potential playoff contender plays the Celtics this season they get motivated to play like a playoff team. Jeff Green stepped up tonight and made big shots when he needed too down the stretch to keep the Celtics in the lead throughout the game. Jeff was penetrating and attacking the basket at all times taking advantage of his mismatch with Jared Dudley. Jeff Green ended with 29 points 4 rebounds and 1 assist in the lose to the Clippers. Brandon Bass was another bright spot in the Celtics success tonight scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jordan Crawford the Eastern Conference Player of the Week had added 20 points,5 rebounds, and 9 assists. Jordan Crawford has been playing some great ball in the absence of Rajon Rondo and has taken this starting point guard role and ran with it.
Jordan Crawford was going up against CP3 one of the best point guards in the game today but just couldn’t stop CP3 from doing what he pleased as Chris had 20 points,5 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Clippers stole this win right from under the Celtics and Jamal Crawford sealed the deal with 2 big 3 pointers back to back as he ended with 21 points off the bench. The Clippers showed fight tonight coming back after trailing the whole game.
The Celtics will have to bounce back after this back to back lose and try to get a win in the next game against the Knicks. The Celtics blew out the Knicks on sunday night and would have to expect that the Knicks will not get beat down like that again.
DOC RIVERS VIDEO BELOW