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For so many reasons, Boston needs to finish off the Hawks on Tuesday night

Updated: May 8, 2012, 12:10 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

Doc Rivers' late father had three words of advice/encouragement, words that have served the son well in his NBA career as a player and coach.

"Finish the race."

Doc never did finish the big race as a player. He came agonizingly close, watching from the sideline as the 1994 Knicks went down in seven to the Houston Rockets. That's as close as he got to a ring as a player.

He never even won a playoff series as a coach until he got to Boston -- he was on the losing end in 2003 ...

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