Rivers gone after nine years with Celtics
Rivers leaves Celtics after nine seasons
It was nine years of epic highs and cataclysmic lows. Doc Rivers' career as head coach of the Celtics had it all, but now that he's headed to Los Angeles, let's take a look at his time in Boston, year by year.
Year 1: 2004-05 (45-37)
After the Celtics went through two coaches in the 2003-04 season, they hired Doc Rivers, who led the team to a playoff berth in his first season as Celtics coach.
Year 2: 2005-06 (33-49)
The Celtics traded Antoine Walker to the Heat before the season, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
Year 3: 2006-07 (24-58)
The Celtics finished with the second-worst record in the NBA after Paul Pierce missed nearly two months to injury. The biggest pain of the season may have been caused by the fact they landed the fifth pick in the NBA Draft lottery.
Year 4: 2007-08 (66-16)
Rivers and the Celtics made several big splashes, landing Ray Allen from the Sonics in a trade on draft day and then grabbing Kevin Garnett. With a healthy Paul Pierce, "The Big Three" helped the Celtics win their 17th championship, beating the Lakers in six games.
Year 5: 2008-09 (62-20)
Though they earned the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, the Celtics -- with an injured Garnett -- blew a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and lost to the Magic in seven games, including a 19-point loss at home in Game 7.
Year 6: 2009-10 (50-32)
Rivers and the Celtics returned to face the Lakers in the NBA Finals, but this time lost in seven games. Boston went nearly five minutes without a field goal while the Lakers went on a late 12-3 run in the final game.
Year 7: 2010-11 (56-26)
The Celtics signed both Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal, who were limited to 51 games combined. Though Rajon Rondo averaged a double-double and the Celtics had depth down low with the play of Glen Davis, the Celtics lost to Miami's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the Eastern Conference Semis.
Year 8: 2011-12 (39-27)
In a rematch of the conference semifinals the year before, the Celtics were older and slower than the Heat, and that description held true, but barely, as the Heat beat the Celtics in seven games to advance to the NBA Finals.
Year 9: 2012-13 (41-40)
The Celtics lost Rondo for the season due to injury and eventually fell to the New York Knicks in six games in the first round.