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Rivers has been instrumental in keeping the Celtics afloat this season
In a season where turmoil seems to be seeking the Celtics out, Doc Rivers has done an admirable job holding the team together so far. More importantly, it looks like he finally has the team playing the kind of ball that will be necessary to make a run down the stretch.
This season may be Rivers' toughest yet as injuries continue to pile up for the Celtics. When Rajon Rondo went down, he was the focal point of the Celtics offense and most plays ran through him.
His injury necessitated a major reworking of the Celtics' offensive scheme, but behind Rivers they didn't miss a beat, going on a seven-game run immediately following the injury.
Rivers has had to make similar changes with the loss of Jared Sullinger, and they seem to have worked. It's been noted how well Jeff Green has played lately, and Rivers' management of his minutes after Sullinger went out has certainly played a role in his improvement.
A major reason the Celtics have been able to stick around is by preaching fundamentals. Rivers has always focused on defense during his tenure in Boston, and while the team had its issues earlier in the season, they've come into form and are currently allowing the ninth-fewest points per game in the NBA.
How Doc Rivers continues to manage minutes with aging stars and streaky players like Jordan Crawford and Jeff Green will also be a major plot point going forward for a Celtics team that has been hemorrhaging depth thanks to injuries.
If the Celtics are going to be a force late in the season, Doc Rivers will have to find a way to keep holding this team together down the stretch.