You're the man, Doc.
In most other years, e.g. when Greg Popovich isn't willing his old but evolving Spurs to another top seed out west and Tom Thibodeau hasn't just led the Bulls to the league's best record for the second straight year, Doc Rivers would be a serious Coach of the Year candidate.
What has happened with this Celtics team, given all the injuries, all the uncertainty around the trade deadline and all the, well, old age, has Rivers and his even-keeled, level-headed fingerprints all over it.
Looking fairly rudderless and in the midst of a five-game losing streak at 15-17 headed into the All-Star break, the Celts took off shortly thereafter. Certainly, Garnett's resurgence, Rondo's brilliance and Pierce's consistency were the chief reasons for the turnaround.
But Rivers kept it all together. He made sure everyone was on the same page up to and immediately after the trade deadline. He figured out how to use his rotation properly when Stiemsma, Pietrus and Bradley were his only options off the bench. He was the glue. He knew, as always, how to get through to his team.
No wonder he's the guy most players want to play for. There are few that are better, both in the league today and in the storied history of the Celtics franchise.