The Celtics tried really REALLY hard to ruin Doc Rivers’ return to the TD Garden. Nobody was particularly efficient, but everyone was engaged from the beginning as the Celtics tried for the second time in as many nights to beat a returning long-time member of the franchise.
In the end, there was just a little too much firepower — Jamal Crawford’s two 3-pointers in the last few minutes were back breakers — and a little too much scoring around the basket on the Clippers roster, and the Celtics were outgunned.
There were still plenty of positives to go around, and Ryan will be by later tonight to grade the performances, but for now, here’s the tribute to Doc Rivers the Celtics played after the first quarter (with a…questionable choice of background music). Big ups to Boston’s classy fans for cheering Doc’s accomplishments, rather than booing his messy exit.
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