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Doc Rivers is the latest NBA coach to break down in tears

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The NBA is an emotional place right now, especially for coaches in the postseason.

Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger was reduced to tears in a post-match press conference after his depleted side were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first-round of the playoffs.

Joerger couldn't hold back his emotions when speaking about how proud he was that his injury-riddled troops had put up a valiant effort against - according to their regular season record - the best Spurs side there has ever been.

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Now, L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers is spilling some tears, too.

First impressions might suggest that the 54-year-old coach has just sunk into depression after losing his two bona fide superstars in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

The former had been out for the majority of the season with a broken hand and a problematic quadriceps, but it appears the power forward aggravated the latter injury in game three of the Clippers' playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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As a result, Griffin has been shut down for the rest of the season and after requiring surgery on a broken hand suffered in the same game, Paul looks set to incur the same fate - barring any miracles.

However, that was not what was on Rivers' mind.

During his pregame press conference on Wednesday night, Rivers was asked who he will now lean on to progress in the playoffs after losing injured stars Griffin and Paul.

Rivers responded, "I don't know," as his eyes filled with tears. He paused and put his hand to his face in an attempt to compose himself and prevent the waterworks. He told the media that his emotional reaction wasn't in response to the reporter's question.

The 54-year-old coach mentioned his late mother, Bettye Rivers, saying: "That would have been a person."

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Although Rivers lost his mother last June, the pain inside the 2000 NBA Coach of the Year is obviously still present. Doc is known to be a very close family man, with his son Austin Rivers, playing under him at the Staples Center and in all likelihood, will replace Chris Paul for the rest of the season.

Back in 2008, Rivers steered the Boston Celtics to their 17th NBA championship. When he was only one game away from securing a stand out career moment, Rivers had a similar emotional reaction involving his father.

He choked back tears thinking of Grady Rivers, who died during that season. The Celtics would go on to fittingly beat the Lakers on of all days, Father's Day.

The Trail Blazers took a 3-2 series lead with 108-98 victory last night in Los Angeles and now the Clippers have to travel to Portland in game six fighting for postseason survival.

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