Austin Rivers knew there was nothing normal about the New Orleans Hornets' visit to the Garden last night.

This is a building he has been familiar with since before he became a McDonald's All-American, before he was the face of the Duke Blue Devils last season and well before he came to Causeway Street in Hornets garb for the first time.

So he wasn't about to pretend that he wasn't playing against his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, the man who taught him all there is to know about the game of basketball.

"I think a lot of guys or a lot of people try to hide the fact that they are going against a team that they know very well, or when they go against their father, they try to pretend like it's a normal game," Austin Rivers said from almost the same spot where his father sits down for postgame chats with the media. "It's pretty much impossible to do that, so I just try to treat it as it is. I'm going against a team with guys that I know pretty well, and my father coaches the other team, and it is what it is."