Celtics coach Rivers earns opportunity to coach East All-Stars

Updated: January 21, 2008, 5:43 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Boston coach Doc Rivers clinched the right to coach in the All-Star Game with the Celtics' 109-93 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday.

That improved the NBA's best record to 33-6 and guaranteed the Celtics will have the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference through games of Feb. 3. Rivers and his staff will lead the East team in New Orleans two weeks later.

The Celtics likely will have a few players, too. Kevin Garnett was the leading vote-getter when totals were last released and should get the nod when starters are announced Thursday. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen could be there as reserves.

"This is a fantastic honor for our team, our players and our coaching staff," Rivers said. "We look forward to proudly representing the Eastern Conference at this year's All-Star Game. We will have fun but we will be real competitive with the wonderful gathering of All-Stars from our conference."

The West coach may not be decided for a while. Phoenix began the day with the best record in the conference, but Mike D'Antoni is ineligible because he coached in last year's All-Star Game.


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