Doc Rivers likely to return to Celts

Updated: May 12, 2011, 12:23 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

MIAMI -- Eleven months ago, there was pain and uncertainty. The Boston Celtics had just lost Game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers and no one seemed certain about what the future held for coach Doc Rivers and Boston's Big Three.

This time around there was pain, but softened ever so gently by the nearly universal decree that the Celtics plan to keep their core intact next season for what appears to be one final run at another NBA title.

Rivers gave strong assurance that ...

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