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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Rivers fifth in Coach of Year balloting

By Chris Forsberg

Greg M. Cooper/US PresswireCeltics coach Doc Rivers finished fifth in the voting for Coach of the Year.
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers finished fifth in this season's Coach of the Year balloting.

Rivers earned 26 points with 1 first-place vote, 4 second-place votes, and 9 third-place votes. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich won the Red Auerbach Trophy with 467 points (77 first-place votes), while Chicago's Tom Thibodeau was second at 315 points (27 first-place votes). Indiana's Frank Vogel (161 points) and Memphis' Lionel Hollins (50 points) joined Rivers in rounding out the top 5.

Rivers won the Coach of the Year award during the 1999-2000 season with Orlando.

The Coach of the Year award is named after legendary Celtics coach and Hall of Famer Red Auerbach who guided Boston to nine NBA championships. Voting came from a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Coaches were awarded 5 points for each first-place vote, 3 points for each second-place vote and 1 point for each third-place vote.

The fact that Rivers landed on only 14 ballots is somewhat surprising given all the adversity Boston faced over the course of the season. Alas, Boston's slow start and the amount of talent on the roster likely worked against him despite one of his most daunting coaching performances during the Big Three era.