(1988) Doc Rivers goes for 14 points & 22 assists in GM4 vs the Celtics
On this day in history, May 16th of 1988, Doc Rivers put up a monster double-double of 14 points and 22 assists against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of one of the most memorable playoffs series of the 80s.
The series is most remembered for the classic Nique vs Bird duel in Game 7, when the Human Highlight Film scored 47 points (17 in the 4th quarter), while Larry Legend scored 34, 20 in the final quarter of the Boston victory.
Lost in the hoopla of the scoring machines going at it was the play of Doc River’s (coming off his first and only All-Star season) in the final games of the series.
In that classic game 7, Doc had 16 points and 18 assists. Game 6 saw Doc almost match the Human Highlight Film with 32 points (3 shy of Nique). In Game 5, he had 21 & 7 and then we have the monster double-double that happened 27 years ago today in Game 4.
Most people have probably forgotten or never knew about how good Doc played against the Celtics, but many might remember how good of a coach he was in Boston. He joined the Celtics in 2004, coached two All-Star games and won one championship during his time with the team that broke his heart in 1988.