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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 1:20 pm  |  13 responses

Doc Rivers Says Celtics Want to Avoid Miami in the Playoffs


Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is not a dumb guy, just ask him. Rivers admits that the C’s — currently 7th in the Eastern Conference standings — must do all they can to avoid a first round matchup with the defending champion Miami Heat. Per WEEI: “Not that there was much of a doubt to begin with but Doc Rivers made it very clear after Friday’s 97-91 loss to the Cavaliers (which snapped Cleveland’s 10-game losing streak) that he wants no part of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Thanks to the Bucks loss in New York to the Knicks Friday night, the Celtics (39-37) are two games up in the loss column on Milwaukee for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with just six games left. Does he pay attention to the standings? ‘I do but I don’t,’ Rivers said in his best hedging language. ‘I really don’t. I know we’re in the seventh spot. I know we want to stay out of the eighth spot.’ So, Rivers is actually admitting he wants avoid the Heat? ‘Of course we would,’ Rivers admitted when asked that very question. ‘But if we play them, we’ll be ready. But of course we would. Listen, I’m not that dumb. I’m not the brightest guy but come on. Really, you would love to avoid anyone [like Miami]. Listen, no matter who we play, we’re going to play a tough team. It’s going to be New York, Indiana or Miami. There’s no cakewalk for us. It’s going to be hard.’”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    Wise guy, talk some sense to JET

  • Redd

    You still got to play Miami in the 2nd..

  • Seth

    Gotta beat the best to be the best. I’d like to see a Heat/Celtics match up. The Celtics probably won’t get far anyway, so might as well make it interesting with the Heat.

  • RedDragon10

    Realistically, they’d meet each other in the Eastern Conference Finals if they make it that far since the 1 seed faces off against 8 and 4-5

  • roscoe

    never doubt BOS.

    don’t like BOS, sure.

    but never doubt’em.

  • Max

    No they don’t.

  • plaugh_dk

    lol …. Doc you’re one smart coach bro

  • Marvin

    if only some of my fellow Celtics fans felt the same way. Doc is a smart coach, our fanbase is a pretty dumb fanbase

  • Caboose

    Why? They’ve done nothing substantial since 2008. I’m gonna doubt them all I want.

  • auraseale

    Realistically, they’d meet each other in the Eastern Conference Finals
    if they make it that far since the 1 seed faces off against 8 and 4-5

  • Redd

    Yeah you’re right, I forgot the seedings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    i agree, but to be real i dont put us at the top of the list, we are top 5 running for dumb fans, the worst fans are right now are the “new found” heat fans, then lakers, IMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    They did take the lakers to a game 7 in the finals and prolly woulda won it if Perk wasnt hurt

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