Top 10 Doc Rivers Moments as a Clipper
By: Dennis Rogers
1. June 26, 2013.
Clippers name Doc Rivers Head Coach and Senior VP of Basketball Operations
Rivers joined the Clippers after nine seasons with the Boston Celtics, compiling a 416-305 (.576) record and guiding the Celtics to the 2007-08 NBA Championship with a NBA-best 66-16 regular season record. Rivers led the Celtics to six Atlantic Division titles, the 2009-10 Eastern Conference Championship and a 59-47 (.556) Playoff record during his tenure. Rivers is just one of only four active NBA coaches to win an NBA title.
2. May 3, 2014.
Clippers beat Warriors in Game 7 at STAPLES
In the first-ever Game 7 held on the Clippers home floor, the home team rallied around each other in an emotional 126-121 victory over the Warriors to advance to the second round. In the closing seconds, Rivers was pumping his first in celebration numerous times to the crowd.
3. August 18, 2014.
Ballmer introduced as new owner to fans
In a fan festival that will go down in history, Rivers helped introduce new owner Steve Ballmer to 4,500 fans at STAPLES Center on a Monday afternoon. Mr. Ballmer who exuded hard core energy and an enthusiasm that is second to none, will lead the Clippers through a new and exciting time.
4. August 27, 2014.
Rivers signs new contract through 2019
In his first major move as Clippers owner, Mr. Ballmer locked up Doc as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers through the end of the 2019 season.
5. April 28, 2014.
Rivers leads Clippers through adversity
Throughout the 2014 Playoffs, Rivers faced unchartered territory in the sports world leading through controversy. Day after day, Rivers talked to the media, players and employees, becoming the sole voice of the organization. Rivers led the Clippers through the darkest times of the organization all while competing in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
6. May 11, 2014.
Clippers stun Thunder in Game 4 to even series
Down by 22 points to the Thunder in a crucial Game 4, Rivers made two huge moves in the fourth quarter. Rivers went to small ball by inserting Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford, and then put Chris Paul on Thunder star Kevin Durant. The Clippers were 13-for-16 on field goals in the final 9:01 helping to erase a 17-point Thunder lead with five minutes remaining for a thrilling 101-99 win.
7. December 11, 2013.
Rivers Returns to Boston
In a very emotional night for Doc Rivers and the fans of Boston, Rivers returned to Boston for the first time as a visiting coach after spending nine seasons as the Celtics head coach. As soon as Rivers walked through the tunnel pregame and on to the court, the fans were on their feet giving him a standing ovation. The Clippers rallied around their coach for the 96-88 victory in a night that was truly special for Rivers.
8. April 2, 2014.
Clippers beat Suns, clinch second straight division title
The Clippers ended a crucial five-game road swing by winning their final four of the trip, culminating in a 102-98 win in Phoenix over the Suns. That win combined with a Golden State loss to San Antonio that night clinched a second straight Pacific Division title for the Clippers.
9. February 9, 2014.
Clippers set records in blowout over 76ers
All-Star point guard Chris Paul returned to the starting lineup after being out due to injury and the team could not miss in his return. The Clippers raced out to a 46-15 lead after the first quarter…yes, 46 points! The 31-point lead after the first quarter was the largest margin in franchise history. The Clippers won the game 123-78, also setting a record for the largest victory margin (45 points) in franchise history.
10. March 6, 2014.
Clippers blowout Lakers in record-setting game
Just a few weeks after setting the franchise record for largest victory margin, the Clippers set it again, blowing out the Lakers by 48 points (142-94). It also marked the largest loss in Lakers franchise history.