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Even Doc Rivers is hurt for the Celtics. It’s that bad.

May 30, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

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Jeff Green. Chirs Wilcox. Avery Bradley. Jermaine O’Neal. Ray Allen. Paul Pierce.

And now Doc Rivers? Come on Basketball Gods, show some mercy.

The Celtics have lost four players to season ending surgery and have a couple of key guys dragging injured bodies through the playoffs. And now you can add Doc Rivers to the list, reports the Boston Herald.

Rivers told the Herald he has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and that he took an epidural to relieve the pain.

“It’s been going on for about four weeks,” he said. “I think it was in Game 4 or 5 against Philly that it really got bad, so I just went in and took the shot.”

Doc has always been a players’ coach, but this is really taking things too far. Then again, he was healthy enough to pick up a Game 1 technical.

He may need offseason surgery to fix the problem. But like his players he refuses to use it as an excuse.

  1. rickyspanish - May 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    It’s a bummer the Celtics are so banged up. I was looking forward to a hard fought, competitive series. I’m a Miami fan, but I was bored game 1.

  2. 808raiderinparadise - May 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Nobody cares, I sense a bit of bias in this article? I have 0 sympathy. They went into the season as an old roster and in a shortened season are just about where they should have expected to be during the playoffs: …. fatigued, old, hurt and then end is near.

    Then one of your best younger players Rajon Rondo is a classless punk, and if he had any consistency in shooting the ball, he would be able to help, rather than his 1 game every 10 that he makes jumpers and 3’s and loosk like a complete player, then he is gone again.

    You know its gotta hurt those Boston fans to watch LeBron put this team away as dormant (out of the playoffs) for the next 3-4 years.

    Retire Doc, or be even more of a loser and draft your son.

  3. jtchernak - May 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I hate it all with the injures leaves me wondering what if they were healthy

  4. doctorfootball - May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Let’s not forget the Heat lost Bosh. He’s a better player than any on that Celtics list of injuries. I thought the heat would win this series in 5, regardless of whether the Celtics were healthy. The key was containing Rondo, and the Heat did just that in game 1.

    • biasedhomer - May 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      He maybe better individually, but all total, he is not.

  5. dirtybird2020 - May 30, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Bulls were the team to beat, so who cares what these queers heat fans think, i get the luxury of watching spurs sweep these bums! A d then the luxury of making lebron and heat jokes all summer long!

  6. gmsingh - May 31, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Did Duane Wade kick Doc Rivers in the back at some point in the regular season?

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