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Posted Dec 11 2013 9:52AM

BOSTON (AP) - The building will be familiar, the bench not so much.

Doc Rivers, coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, will be at TD Garden on Wednesday night, this time working from the visitors' bench. It will be his first visit since May 3, the last game of his stay with the Boston Celtics.

"It will be very nice for me," Rivers said. "I put nine years in there, nine wonderful years. So that'll be really cool."

He led the Celtics to their 17th NBA championship in 2007-2008 when they compiled a 66-16 record, and to the seventh game of the 2010 NBA finals. He had a 416-305 regular-season record as coach of the Celtics and took them to the playoffs seven times.

They were eliminated in the first round of last season's playoffs by New York, losing the deciding sixth game at home 88-80. Afterward, Rivers, who had three years left on his contract with the Celtics, wouldn't commit to returning.

"Honestly, I just can't even think about that right now. So I don't know," he said. "I need to just detox, and we'll find that out."

Rivers was reluctant to be part of a rebuilding project with the Celtics, and on June 25 was traded to the Clippers for a 2015 first-round draft pick.

He has the Clippers in first place in the Pacific Division at 14-8 after a 94-83 win at Philadelphia on Monday, the fourth stop of a season high-tying seven-game trip.

His successor, Brad Stevens, has led the Celtics (10-13) to the top of a weak Atlantic Division, and they are coming off a 104-96 loss in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Avery Bradley scored a team-high 22 points as Boston's three-game win streak came to an end in the team's first matchup against Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

"They played great tonight. Played really hard, really together," Stevens said. "They took us out of what we wanted to do."

Rivers coached the Celtics to the championship in their first season after Garnett and Ray Allen joined Pierce. Allen left as a free agent for Miami before last season, and Garnett and Pierce were traded before this season to the Nets.

The Celtics' makeover has been so thorough that only seven of their 14 players were on the team that Rivers coached last season. And one of the holdovers, point guard Rajon Rondo, hasn't played all season while recovering from ligament surgery on his left knee.

Instead, Boston has been led largely by the trio of Jeff Green (16.7 points per game), Jordan Crawford (14.0) and Bradley (13.5), who are a combined 36 years younger than Pierce, Allen and Garnett.

The depth of Rivers' roster in Los Angeles has been threatened lately with injuries to J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock. The Clippers signed veteran Stephen Jackson on Tuesday night to try to compensate, and he's expected to be available for Wednesday's contest.

Jackson, who will be playing for his eighth team, averaged 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 55 games for San Antonio last season.

Chris Paul is averaging 8.7 points on 18.8 percent shooting over his last three games against Boston, which has won four of five at home in the series.

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Silasie
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Love to have a really strong game to show Doc in a good light. Some intense D and flowing, efficient offense.

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I know Jackson will be there. I wonder if he's actually gonna see some playing time?

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This has all the potential to be a loss for us. For one injuries. Two, we have one of the worst records against the east. Three, Boston will be looking to make a statement against Doc. That being said I don't think this will be a win, but on paper we should win this.

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No more losses to teams we are are clearly better than please!

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I feel better about this than I did about the ATL & Cleveland games.

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I think he will as Dudley can't keep going like he is.

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hopefully that optimism rubs off on our players. With all these injuries we can't afford to lose these easy games. I think in the absence of all these players a realistic goal should be for us to beat these cellar dweller teams and stay positioned

in playoffs standing until our guys come back then we can aim for a top three seed

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I'm in ultra competitive mode tonight and tomorrow night. Clippers tonight and tomorrow night and the Chargers HAVE TO beat the Broncos tomorrow. I live in Denver so wish me luck.

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Jordan Crawford is coming off an Estern Conference Player of The Week award. He's big and can cause problems for Chris. Also Humphries is playing pretty good recently and is a known Clipper killer.

The fans will be pumped up for this game. I'm nervous.

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We will win this game convincely

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On paper,we win. But we don't play on paper,unfortunately .

jarca
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After what happened at Cleveland and ATL I'm no longer confident about these games

ClipperKyle32
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Has anybody seen or heard Brad Stevens talk? I haven't seen him in his huddle and I want to so bad! Just to see how he talks to his team

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Emotional game for Doc..we need this win.

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Glad Doc got a good ovation. But still we need this win, this game could be a turn around and lead to a streak.

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Classy reception. Thank you Boston. Loud ovation for our guy

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Dudley.. my god.

JahvonTheClip
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The foul occurred after the shot right? Shouldn't that count

JahvonTheClip
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reach in on bradley!?

david
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Wedgie dunk attempt by DJ- LOL that's the first I've seen.

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S.JAX???

david
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No wedgie on that dunk by Blake!

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Once again a low scoring first quarter for the Clippers- only 20 points. Let's see if the guys can turn it up in the second.

JahvonTheClip
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They're shooting 55% come on. Clips need to learn how to contest jumpers better

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Hmmm you would think this team would be out of the gates with a lot more fire especially for this game..

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I'm looking forward to when the Clippers take the lead.

pedroskinny
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Now let's see what does Stak have for us.

david
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Come on can't be turning the ball over after you get the steal going on the break.

Uh oh 3 ball bricking time again. First by Stephen Jackson and then another one by Jamison.

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Jamison- finally hits the 3!

JahvonTheClip
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Misses an open 3 feels like a turnover to me. Easy fastbreaks for the other team

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I simply don't get why this team can't get any rebounds.

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We're shooting bad.......again. Yikes.

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Jamison hits his 20K points! Wow!

This Celtics team is playing well. I hope Clippers can take the lead sometime soon. This is starting off very slow again.

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Nice D there Blake on Sullinger.

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Come on Collison

david
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Good defense translates into a Crawford layup- Clippers lead by 1 after scoring 9 straight!

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They are letting the celtics reach so much I have never seen this

pedroskinny
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Cmon Blake just pass the ball. We all already know you can handle the ball.

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too many turnovers..

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Ugh. The Clippers lead was way too fleeting, lol. I wish they would just break away and take the lead for good.

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Collision makes just as many mistakes as Bledsoe....he hasn't proven anything to me

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Terrible pass by CP3.

ClippersDA
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This team is just poorly constructed, I don't think it's our year. I don't see is as having much talent tbh given these injuries.

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I told everybody that 5 moths ago in July

gman
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An emotional game where CP and BG have 22 (if you add Jamal 28) of the teams 35. Wow. We miss JJ that much.

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The problem is where to go from here.

ClipperDodger1214
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Come on WTF is this?

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The Offense is all over the place.

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We're looking awful right now..

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