Doc Rivers is a better coach than Mike Brown. I don't need to look at stats. I won't look at records. I'm not John Hollinger or a computer nerd.
I just look at the Cavaliers and the Celtics at the end of games, out of time outs, and in pressure situations. I see one coach who actually draws up plays with first, second, and third options. And I see another that says"...ummmmm lets just give the rock to Lebron and get out of his way....ooo and I better get shooters out there if the opponents double team."
If Mike Brown plays J.J Hickson a lot in this series, I will think he's smart. If he does a lot of cross matching and allows Lebron James to roam on defense, I will think even more highly of him.
But can an old coach who is seemingly stuck on bad habits learn new tricks? People talk about the Celtics season and express disappoint, as they are dissatisfied with their tendency to take games for granted throughout the season.
I respectfully disagree with those feelings. Through multiple injuries and constant scrutiny, the Celtics have been a top eight team in the league all season, so give the coach credit. There's been much speculation that Rivers may be coaching his last season with the Celtics, citing that he would prefer to watch his son, whose already a high school basketball star, and his other children grow up.
In any event, I think this is a series in which Doc Rivers will prove that he's not just a good, but a great coach.