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Clippers' Doc Rivers makes first return to Boston

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Doc Rivers is returning to the site of his most glorious moments as an NBA coach.

Rivers is bringing his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, to face his old team, the Boston Celtics, a team he led to an NBA championship in 2008 and back to the NBA Finals in 2010.

He spent nine years with the Celtics before he bolted Boston in June rather than stick around for a rebuilding project, joining the Clippers in Los Angeles instead to become the coach and senior vice president of basketball operations.

Rivers didn’t have practice Tuesday, but he seemed excited about the game Wednesday night at TD Garden.

“Wednesday will be nice,” Rivers said after Monday night’s game in Philadelphia. “It’ll be very nice for me. I put nine years in there, nine wonderful years. So that will be really cool. It’ll be great to see, hell I would say all my players, but there’s not a lot left. But there are some.”

Rivers’ mainstays from Boston, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, both were traded to the Brooklyn Nets later in the summer. But Rivers will see both of them on his little reunion tour Thursday night when the Clippers play at Brooklyn.

Rajon Rondo is another of the players who played for Rivers, but the Celtics All-Star guard remains out while he recovers from left knee ACL surgery.

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