Boston Celtics: A Down Year For Doc Rivers And Danny Ainge

March 31st, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »

It has not been a good year for Doc Rivers or Danny Ainge.

Coming off a 21-point home loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Boston Celtics are 47-26, 10.5 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, and in a dogfight with the Atlanta Hawks for the three seed. Where once there was talk of a championship, now there is concern about even advancing out of the first round.

The players themselves and injuries have certainly been a factor, but if we are doling out blame, the head coach in Rivers and the director of basketball operations in Ainge deserve their fair share.

This is not to say either one should be fired.  The Celtics are better off with each. But that doesn’t absolve them of having to shoulder some, if not a great deal, of the responsibility for what has transpired thus far for the ’09-10 Celtics.

So, where did it all go wrong?

Let’s start with Danny.

Ainge took over the Celtics at the end of the 2003 season and his state ...

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