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Celtics try to focus on beating Knicks

Doc Rivers & Co. hope to turn page on tragic week in Boston with win in New York

Updated: April 20, 2013, 12:12 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers spent a little more than two seasons with the New York Knicks during his playing days, so he knows the mindset of a typical New York sports fan. Which is why he said it has been so startling to hear the locals offering words of encouragement as he navigates the streets here.

"Hearing, 'Good luck, Doc!' [and] 'Hey Doc, we love Boston!' I mean, I almost ran into a cab last night," cracked Rivers. "But I know what they mean -- and they mean the city. ...

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