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Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra has “Great respect” for Doc Rivers

Recently on ESPN.com"s "Heat Index" blog that chronicles the Miami Heat, Kevin Arnovitz linked to a radio interviewwith head coach Erik Spoelstra.  One of the discussion topicswas something called "ATOs," or After Time-Out Situations.  Spoelstra was asked by Anrovitz who the best coach in the NBA was at the "ATOs" and here's what he had to say:

On Thursday at practice, I asked Spoelstra who the best coach in the business was at late-game, after-timeout situations. "I have great respect for Doc Rivers in Boston," Spoelstra said. "They always seem to come out with something. You don't know which guy they're going to, and they execute well." 

The Celtics had a couple of those plays in that dreadful loss against the Wizards on Saturday night.  In the first example, we see Rajon Rondo inbounding to Kevin Garnett who nonchalantly hands it off to the cutting Rondo for two and a foul.


In the second example, even though Ray Allen misses the wide open three, it's still a beautifully designed play that catches Nick Young completely lost.


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  • green8teen

    ok i have been hoping it would come down at some point but the facebook ad on the right side of the page is driving me crazy. it actually signs into your facebook page and into chat and stuff and there’s no way to have it not sign you in…please do something about that! i do not want to be on facebook every time i’m here!

  • KY Celts fan

    Doc is really good with those plays, which I’d why it pains me so much that he didn’t call a timeout on Saturday instead of letting Pierce do his run-of-the-mill iso thing.

  • Classless

    Spoelestra wishes he was half as good as Doc.