East Notes: Knicks, Quentin Grimes, Nets, Bucks, Doc Rivers,




Big man Bobby Portis Jr. said the Bucks are more responsible for Friday’s loss to the Cavaliers than the Cavaliers.

“It wasn’t them,” he said. “It was us. I think we slowed ourselves down. We were attacking matchups. We weren’t playing side to side. The ball wasn’t moving side to side. We played a lot of 1-on-1 tonight.”

  • The Bucks officially announced that Doc Rivers would become their next coach in the final minute of Friday’s game. Rivers is expected to coach his first game with the team on Monday, when the Bucks host the Pelicans. He was fired by the 76ers after last season.
  • Rivers, 62, spent 15 weeks as an in-game analyst for ESPN. “I’ve never done this, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,”: he told reporters of taking the Bucks job. “It’s going to be a challenge. It’s a challenge I’m running toward.”
  • He previously coached the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic and has an overall coaching record of 1,097-763 in 24 seasons. That includes a championship with the Celtics in 2008. 
  • Interim coach Joe Prunty finished 1-1, with both games at home against the Cavs. He will be retained by Rivers and move back into an assistant role.

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