Why did 76ers coach Doc Rivers leave the Boston Celtics?
Doc Rivers has led Philadelphia to the NBA playoffs and will now hope that the Sixers can make it to the Eastern Conference finals by defeating his former team, the Boston Celtics.
The series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers will offer NBA fans a new and exciting episode tonight, as the series goes on with Game 5, which is taking place at TD Graden.
Rivers’ men took the lead in Game 1 after a great display of skills from James Harden, who ended the game with 45 points.
However, Boston couldn’t let their opponents fly back to Philadelphia with a 2-0 advantage, and Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown & co. proved too strong for the visitors, who suffered an 87-121 defeat.
The 17-time NBA champions took a big step forward by defeating the Sixers at Wells Fargo Center, but Harden’s Game 4-winner lifted the Sixers to an incredible 116-115 overtime win to even the series with Boston.
Now, Rivers will come back to Boston, his former home, where his side needs to win at least one of their next two matches if they don’t want to be kicked out of the NBA playoffs.
Why did Rivers and the Celtics part ways?
It will be a difficult but at the same time motivating challenge for the Chicago native, who coached the Celtics from 2004 to 2013.
Although all eyes will be on Joel Embiid and Harden, much of the attention will be on how Rivers can deal with such a difficult situation, taking into consideration the Celtics have the home-court advantage and are the favorites to progress.
But why did Doc Rivers leave Boston? One of the reasons that led Rivers to decide to leave the franchise was that he felt his authority in the locker room weakened after nine years as the Celtics coach.
Boston won the NBA Championship in 2008 with him, and he was named Coach of the Year in 2008, but in 2013 the situation was quite different.
The other reason that made Rivers decide to leave is that he felt too tired to start a new project, with a new team, full of new faces. Doc himself admitted he didn’t want to start over and go through the same, which led him to try another adventure in another franchise, the Los Angeles Clippers.