Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has been honored with this year's Red Auerbach Award for his dedication to the C's.
The honor is given to the player or coach that best exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a Boston Celtic. It has been awarded since the 2005-2006 season after legendary Celtic Arnold "Red" Auerbach.
Celtics managing partner and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck gave Rivers the award in a ceremony before Friday's game against the Wizards.
Doc Rivers deserves this award because he has proved that not only can you be a great basketball coach but you can be a strong role model in the Boston community and off the court, Grousbeck said. I am proud to have someone like Doc Rivers as a Boston Celtic because he exemplifies what it means to be a true Celtic."
Past recipients include Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Al Jefferson and Paul Pierce.
In the closing seconds, the Boston Celtics got exactly what they wanted.
A chance to win, with the ball in their $113 million man’s hands with a game-winning layup in the making.
Al Horford and the Boston Celtics did everything right except finish the game off as Horford’s game-winning layup rimmed out as time expired which preserved a 107-106 win for Houston.
The potential game-winner came courtesy of Marcus Smart drawing a flagrant-1 foul against James Harden with the Celtics trailing at the time, 107-104.
Smart went to the line and made both free throws to make it a one-point game.
Boston’s Isaiah Thomas missed a potential game-winning layup that went out of bounds off of Harden with 5.3 seconds left.
After the officials reviewed the play to make sure it did in fact go off of Harden, Boston had one more shot to steal the victory … and they came up short.
James Harden made a ton of free throws and as usual, does a nice job of setting his teammates up for easy scores.
But down the stretch, he went back to the 3-point shooting identity of the Houston Rockets which proved to be just enough for the win as his 3-pointer over Smart with 55 seconds to play eventually became the game-winning shot.
For the night, Houston was 12-for-38 on 3s while the Celtics were 11-for-32.
Harden led all scorers with 37 points to go with eight assists, eight rebounds and yes, 10 turnovers.
Meanwhile, Horford had a strong night as well (minus the late-game miss) with 21 points, six rebounds and a game-high nine assists.
The Celtics (12-9) had their five-game road winning streak come to an end while the Rockets (14-8) have now won three straight and eight of their last 10 games.
The loss snapped Boston’s five-game road winning streak.
Boston fell behind by as many as 12 points in the third quarter following a jump-hook shot in the lane by Clint Capela.
The Celtics responded one of their best stretches of play at both ends of the floor, resulting in a 19-2 run that put Boston ahead 72-67 following a jumper by Horford.
Houston went on a mini-spurt by scoring five of the game’s next seven points which brought them within 74-72 when Brad Stevens called a time-out with 4:39 to play in the third quarter.
Boston continued to lock down defensively while getting some timely baskets which was good enough for them to take an 83-77 lead into the fourth quarter.
You knew the 3-point shots were going to be flying all game long when the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets tipped off Monday night.
Now whether they would go in, that’s another matter entirely.
Boston’s struggles with knocking down the long ball played a pivotal role in them going into the half trailing the Houston Rockets, 58-48.
Houston, the NBA’s leader in three-pointers made (14.0) and taken (37.0), were 8-for-21 in the first half on 3s while the Celtics were a not-so-impressive 5-for-18.
Despite the shooting struggles, Boston managed to lead 37-36 after a driving lay-up by Jaylen Brown.
But the Rockets had too much firepower and when they weren’t knocking down shots, they were getting to the free throw line where there 18-for-20 compared to Boston which was just 1-for-2.
Here are the first half Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game.
The MVP candidate was bringing it all areas, scoring 21 points to go with seven assists. But he was far from perfect, evident by his six turnovers.
He led the Celtics with 11 points, but looks to be growing frustrated with the lack of calls going the Celtics’ way. Near the end of the second quarter, Thomas was grimacing while holding his right groin. But it didn’t appear to be too big a deal as he hit a 3-pointer just moments later. But it’s worth keeping an eye on in the second half.
He gave Boston a surprisingly strong lift off the Celtics bench. At the half, he had seven points which included a lay-up that put Boston ahead 37-36.
He doesn’t get a ton of attention, but Ariza’s play has been one of the keys to Houston’s success this season. At the half he had 10 points and six rebounds.
He got the start tonight, but looks nothing like the high-energy, impact player he has been of late while coming off the bench. He was scoreless in the first half while missing all three of his shot attempts.