Three months ago, New Orleans Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers brimmed with enthusiasm about the prospect of playing for the first time against his dad, Doc Rivers, the head coach of the Boston Celtics. But with his rookie season not prospering as projected, Rivers isn't even sure if he will get off the bench when the Hornets play the Celtics on Wednesday night at the TD Garden in Boston.
He played just under four minutes in Sunday's 100-87 loss to the New York Knicks, and didn't get off the bench in the second half.
Rivers has gone four consecutive games without scoring. In last Friday's 104-92 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rivers played 4 1/2 minutes and attempted only one shot but turned the ball over twice.
"You can't think about all that stuff,'' Rivers said. "I personally haven't played well the past four or five games, so that's all I'm thinking about in trying to play hard and seeing what happens.
"I don't know what his (Doc) thought process is going to be in that game because he's never been in that situation nor I. It's going to be new for both of us. I don't know what he's going to say. He'd probably say great game. It's all competitive. He loves me and I love him. You know that saying that there is no friends on the court, that's what he taught me. And that will be the case that night.''
Hornets guard Austin Rivers' rookie season has been a struggle
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Jan 15