Coming off a disappointing loss to the Brooklyn Nets last night Boston looks to get a rebound win against one of the Western Conference juggernauts.
Tonight marks the return of former Head Coach Doc Rivers in his first game back in the Garden since he left for Los Angeles. Doc’s career in Boston spanned 9 years and he accumlulated 416 wins which is 3rd all time in Boston just behind Tommy Heinsohn and Red Auerbach. Doc didn’t leave on great terms after he came to an agreement with the Celtics to let him out of his contract in order to coach the Celtics — Boston got a 1st round pick out of it so it’s all good — and I’m sure some Celtics fans are still a little angry about the way it went down. It worked out for all parties involved. Los Angeles got their coach, Doc is coaching one of the best teams in basketball, and the Celtics have one of the better young coaches in basketball with Brad Stevens at the helm. Whether or not Doc is greeted with applause or is drowned in “boos” has yet to be seen.
Now onto the basketball match-up at hand. The Clippers are no joke; led by the best point guard in basketball this is a team that Boston is going to struggle to keep up with talent-wise. Los Angeles ranks 7th in the league in net rating and are just one of the few teams in the league that boasts both a top ten defense along with a top ten offense.
This will certainly be one of the most challenging opponents the Celtics have gone up against this year and they’ll certainly need a full team effort if they want to take down the Clippers.
The game tips-off at 7:30 on CSNNE and don’t forget to follow our twitter @HoudiniCeltics for in-game updates/analysis!