"Derrick Rose is the MVP," says Celtics Coach Doc Rivers

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"I've said it all year, because I'm so close with Thibs, Derrick Rose is the MVP, I don't see anyone who's had a bigger impact on their
team than him," said Boston Celtics Coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers giving the Bulls star the biggest of complements.

He also had a lot of praise for his former assistant, and current Bulls leader.

"Tom Thibs, he's one of us we still call him a Celtic even though you
call him a Bull. He's done a tremendous job, they're great," Doc said of
the Bulls breakthrough season.

There was some good and some bad for "Doc" Rivers. The native of Chicago returned home to congratulate) his son Austin Rivers, named winner of the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award due to his accomplishments on and off the court. He is the #1 college basketball recruit in the nation and headed to Duke).

Obviously, that's a highlight but here's the bad.

With the Chicago Bulls (48-18) win over the Washington Wizards, his Boston Celtics (47-18) are now currently seeded #2 in the NBA Eastern Conference.

The Bulls are now .5 games ahead with the Miami Heat 2.5 games behind. This race could come down to the last day.

"Let's hope not but it could, we're battling a lot of injuries right
now and they're not coming back any time soon, right now we're not even
thinking about a seed," Doc Rivers said.

"We've been through this before, we're just trying to get healthy," Rivers said.

The Bulls have won seven in a row and will meet the Celtics on April 7th in game that may determine home court advantage. It's interesting that the media
was asking Rivers about the Bulls on the same day they were dressed
like the Celtics. If you saw the game last night, the Bulls were
sporting their St. Patrick's Day green jerseys.

The McDonald's All-American game will be at the Bulls home, the
United Center on March 30th. Austin will compete in this year's edition;
Doc competed in the 1980 game.

Written by Paul M. Banks, President and CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Midwest webzine. He's also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, the Tribune's blog network, Walter Football, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports

He does a weekly radio segment on Chicagoland Sports Radio.com and Cleveland.com

You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank

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