Celtics vs. Lakers: Since they last met
Doc Rivers stayed put
The Celtics' great first half has masked just how close the team was to falling apart. Doc Rivers didn't sound like a man who wanted to coach again in the immediate aftermath of Game 7. But Rivers got the blessing of his family and decided to coach another season, likely making the decisions of Ray Allen and Paul Pierce easier as well. Rivers is the perfect coach for this team. He molds big, bold personalities into a functioning team, and he makes it look easy. It's not.