Austin Rivers said his first NBA game felt "good."
He knew that was not true.
Rivers had a rough go of it in his professional debut, bricking
eight of his nine shots and committing three turnovers in the Hornets' loss to
the Spurs on Wednesday. The combo guard out of Duke never displayed his usual
swagger in 24 minutes, turning down shots he hit with regularity in college and
consistently making the correct pass a split-second too late for his target to
do anything constructive with the ball.
His shaky debut was overshadowed by a surprisingly
competitive showing by the young Hornets against the veteran Spurs, as well as
an encouraging performance by fellow rookie Anthony Davis. The top pick in this
year's draft had 21 points and seven rebounds, but most of all he did not look
out of place alongside Tim Duncan. Davis was every bit as good as advertised,
stalking Spurs' penetrators on defense and instinctively executing