Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said he was on his way to the Boston Marathon finish line when the two bombs exploded, killing three and injuring scores of people on Monday.
According to a report from ESPN Network affiliate Celtics Hub, Rivers had just left the Prudential Center tunnel when the bombs went off. He lives just a few blocks from the end of the marathon and has made it somewhat of a tradition over the years to join the spectators whenever he is in town:
"It was just horrible. Living right there, it was an awful day. A sad day. I always go down after practice and watch, I’ve done it every year we are in town, since I live a couple blocks from the finish line. I was on my way actually. I had just gotten out of the Prudential tunnel when the bomb exploded. It’s just awful. It takes the joy out of sports, that’s what sports is supposed to bring is joy, and it took all of the joy out of the event and the day. It was a long day for everyone."The Celtics were scheduled to play at home against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, but the NBA announced the game would be cancelled in light of the tragic events. According to The Boston Globe, citing a report from STATS, it is the first time in NBA history that there will be teams in the league that will finish the regular season with a different number of games played. The report also indicates that the Celtics' regular season finale on Wednesday in Toronto against the Raptors is up in the air.