The Boston Celtics have been soaring through their schedule the past week and more importantly have been walking away with much needed wins.
The scenario was no different Friday night back in Boston where they went into an overtime thriller with the Atlanta Hawks before coming away with the 107-102 win! The win must have been especially gratifying for Coach Doc Rivers who had a long, successful career as a guard with the Atlanta Hawks franchise but has now settled into being part of the long legacy of excellent Boston Celtics coaches!! Many have rightly been saying that Doc Rivers should get Coach of the Year!!! Looking at their record since losing all-star Rajon Rondo as well as some other impactful players…a good case can be made for Doc getting the respectable coaching award!!!
With an impressive last minute victory that saw Jeff Green score the big bucket with .5 seconds left on the clock the Celtics beat the playoff probable Indiana Pacers 83-81 on Wednesday night! It was preceded by a win over the Philadelphia 76ers the night before 107-101!
This is the stretch run time of the year before playoffs start around May! Coach Doc Rivers and the fans must be feeling good about the positive signs that the team is currently displaying. They are hitting the big baskets and playing well as a team. With Pierce/Garnett leading the way under Doc Rivers steady coaching, the acquisition of some new players(Crawford, Williams) and the important contributions of role players(Terry,Green,Lee,Bradley) translating into wins…. Their playoff hopes look much, much better!
This upcoming week sees them facing a very tough Oklahoma City Thunders team on Sunday followed by contests against the Charlotte Bobcats and
Toronto Raptors as their playoff march goes on! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! Go Celtics Go!