Doc Rivers era comes to a merciful end

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The Doc Rivers era ended Sunday in disturbing fashion, with the Celtics negotiating a trade of their coach to the Clippers for a 2015 first-round pick that is likely to be a reserve at best.

It shouldn’t have ended this way, Rivers’s legacy stained by his refusal to participate in the team’s rebuilding plan.

If the Celtics ran the same team out there next season with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo coming off ACL surgery, and a decent supporting cast, they probably would claim the fifth seed and get knocked out by the Heat in the second round.

And Garnett again would leave Game 6 and hug Rivers and then it would be the end.

But the end happened when it was meant to.

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