Originally written on Celtics Town  |  Last updated 11/18/14



Just because of his last name, I’m a huge Austin Rivers fan. His last name even helped me overcome deep periods of disdain I felt as a Duke fan during the occasions when I wondered why such a talented scorer sometimes scored so inefficiently.

Without further ado (or any semblance of a well-written transition), I give you Austin Rivers, the coach’s son who believes his father’s team is better off without Ray Allen. (ESPN Boston)

“As funny as it sounds, I actually think both teams benefited (from Ray Allen signing with the Heat),” Austin Rivers said. “I think the Heat got a lot better obviously, because now the floor is spaced with Ray Allen.

“And I think the Celtics got better, because first off it was disappointing to (see him) leave because he was a part of that whole buildup to the Celtics again, but now you have a better defender in Courtney Lee, who is a great on the ball defender and someone who is going to add to the great defense the Celtics play already. And then you have Jason Terry, who is instant offense, something the Celtics need when you have older players like KG and Paul Pierce that get hurt. So when you have guys that are going to be inconsistent, not due to how good they are but how old they are, and the fatigue of a long season, you have guys who can come in and give you instant offense.”

Rivers also said he believes the Celtics are the only Eastern Conference team capable of toppling the Miami Heat.

I told you I love that kid.

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