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It's the most wonderful time of the year

The NBA is back, and Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett are psyched to tip off the season

Updated: December 25, 2011, 1:12 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is going to have more trouble sleeping on Christmas Eve than most kids in Boston. And while he fully acknowledges disappointment in the fact that he'll wake up in a New York City hotel room feeling a bit like Kevin McCallister without his family, that pain will be diminished ever so slightly by the gift waiting for him: the return of honest-to-goodness NBA basketball games.

"It's great, it really is," Rivers said as a season that nearly ...

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