BOSTON -- Doc Rivers knew the question was coming and couldn't hide his emotions.
"It's tough," Rivers said Friday night when asked about one of his mentors, Chuck Daly, being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
There was a lot riding on the Celtics' game against the East-leading Cavs -- homecourt advantage, a gut-check for Rivers' team without Kevin Garnett protecting the basket from LeBron James' aerial assaults. But Rivers had to put it aside for a moment during his pre-game talk with reporters and send his thoughts to Daly.
"He's a guy that I looked up to, made calls to, and got a lot of advice from," said Rivers, who succeeded Daly as coach of the Orlando Magic in 1999. "A lot of the stuff I'm running came from sessions with him."
Players, former players, coaches, former coaches, GMs, former GMs -- they're all taking a deep breath and wishing the best for Chuck D.