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Just What the Doc Ordered
Just two days after the Celtics bounced out of the 2004 NBA Playoffs, Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge found his new head coach in former Orlando Magic Coach Doc Rivers. “Doc’s style is great for the type of team we have,” Ainge said of the 2000 NBA Coach of the Year. Ainge’s belief in […]
Over Before it Started
The Celtics never recovered after the resignation of Head Coach Jim O’Brien in January 2004, and Boston limped into the playoffs under interim Coach John Carroll by winning just 14 of 36 games at the season’s end. Facing the top-seeded Indiana Pacers, a team headed by Pacers President Larry Bird, the Celtics suffered a four-game […]
Shaking Things Up in 2005-06
After winning the Atlantic Division in Head Coach Doc Rivers’ first season, anticipation was high for the 2005-06 Celtics, but a slow start stunted the team. A huge midseason trade shook things up by sending Ricky Davis and Mark Blount to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Wally Szczerbiak. Despite the changes, Boston finished with […]
They Needed a Rally
Celtics history is filled with postseason success stories, but this isn’t one of them. Boston was bounced from the 2004 NBA Playoffs in a first-round sweep at the hands of the Indiana Pacers, the team they beat in the previous season’s playoffs. Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge bluntly said, “This year was not pretty. […]