Rivers earns 400th career Celtics win

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Rivers earns 400th career Celtics win

TORONTO Under Doc Rivers' watch, the Boston Celtics suffered through the longest losing streak in franchise history in 2007.

A year later, they were NBA champions.

Indeed, Rivers has experienced the many highs and lows that come with coaching a franchise so rich in tradition, the standard by which many franchise measure themselves up against.

Throughout that journey, Rivers has won some games - OK, he's won a lot of games.

In fact, Wednesday's 99-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors was Rivers' 400th regular season win as the C's head coach.

He becomes just the third coach in franchise history to win 400 or more regular season games pacing up and down the Celtics' sideline.

Comcast SportsNet basketball analyst and Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn had 427 regular season wins in Boston, and the late Red Auerbach (also a Hall of Famer) holds the franchise record for regular season victories with 975.

Rivers didn't find out he was in such elite company until after Wednesday's victory.

"That's cool," said Rivers, who initially thought it was his 400th career win and not 400 in Boston. "To be behind those two guys is pretty special to me."

Boston would have to finish the regular season with a 28-6 record or better for him to pass Heinsohn which seems unlikely.

Isaiah Thomas diligently studying film at midnight on Friday

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Isaiah Thomas diligently studying film at midnight on Friday

Isaiah Thomas appears to be channeling the New England Patriots' "No days off" slogan.

The Boston Celtics guard spent Friday night, in the middle of the NBA offseason, studying film. He was up past midnight to take a look at Boston Celtics' game tape, according to ESPN.com's Chris Foresberg, who posted a picture on Twitter of Thomas hard at work.

Thomas finished the 2016-17 season with 28.9 points per game, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 33.8 minutes. He helped the Celtics earn the NBA Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, and contributed a handful of clutch performances as Boston charged to the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the series, 4-1.

Jaylen Brown tweets his Drive-By Dunk Challenge

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Jaylen Brown tweets his Drive-By Dunk Challenge

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown joined in the Drive-By Dunk Challenge and tweeted a video that captured his thunderous slam.

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We're thinking that's not a regulation height rim.

And the All-Star dunk contest next year might have to be sanctioned by NASCAR.