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Austin Rivers Gets Better of Matchup with Doc's Celtics

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 16: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics and his son, Austin Rivers #25 of the New Orleans Hornets, greet each other during the game on January 16, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

The Boston Celtics and New Orleans Hornets met in their first matchup of the season, a game that would normally be just another in January were it not for a Doc Rivers-Austin Rivers father-son rivalry going on.

New Orleans ended up getting the best of Boston, winning the game 90-78 as Doc's Celtics were flat offensively, even if their defense was as solid as it ever is.

It was a bit of a unique situation for everyone involved, especially because Doc has been a coach in the NBA since the mid-90s, so Austin's been around the league for quite some time.

#Celticstalk: "I'll admit it. It was a little odd. But he's family." - #Celtics KG on #Hornets Austin Rivers, son of C's HC Doc Rivers.

— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) January 17, 2013

 

Coming into the game, Rivers talked about being more intrigued to play a team as good as the Celtics, rather than just being excited because he was going up against his dad.

Of course, there was a part of Austin that had his first game against his dad dancing around in the back of his mind, but at least he knew his family was rooting for him over his dad.

the big uneasy: C’s coach Doc Rivers still conflicted going up against son, but family decisive in rooting for Austin: es.pn/Yaoatk

— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) January 17, 2013

 

As the game unfolded, there was quite an interesting narrative that rolled out, starting with Doc taking out one of his best perimeter defenders as Austin was checking in for the first time.

Austin Rivers checks in to a warm response from Celtics fans.

— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBA) January 17, 2013

 

Avery Bradley to bench as Austin Rivers checks in. Jason Terry matches up defensively. Dad of the Year.

— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) January 17, 2013

 

Rivers went on to make his first and only shot of the quarter, a driving layup to help the Hornets narrow the Boston lead to 21-16.

He started out the second quarter on the floor, but ended up missing his first two shots. Austin was able to make a nice turnaround, however, dropping in an assist to Ryan Anderson and adding a leaner in the lane to cut the Boston lead to two points.

Rivers was able to round out his night after another shot fell in the third and finished the game out, making a few free throws.

By the time he made it to the free-throw line in the third quarter, the fans in Boston were tired of giving their coach's son a nice time in his first game against daddy.

Well, the cheers for Austin Rivers didn't last too long. Got booed loudly shooting FTs at the end of the 3rd quarter.

— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBA) January 17, 2013

 

In the end, Austin finished with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting with an assist thrown in.

That might not seem like a lot, but when you consider the fact that he's made all of three field goals since December 28, then I'd say he got the best of his papa in their first matchup.

At the very least, Austin was able to contribute to a win, and he didn't do too much to take anything off the table when his team needed him to help the second unit either cut the lead or extend it.

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