Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/16/13
12 p.m. ET: It is safe to say that Austin Rivers never envisioned his rookie year being like this. The New Orleans combo guard has had one of the roughest first seasons in memory for a lottery pick, averaging 6.2 points per game while shooting just 32.8 percent from the field. The 10th pick in the June draft has scored one whole point in his last five games and has made only three field goals since Dec. 28. That said, expect a few hugs to come Rivers’ way when the Hornets (12-26) visit the Celtics (20-17). Celtics coach Doc Rivers will be leading his troops against a team that includes his son for the first time. The Celtics have far more important things to worry about than their coach’s underachieving offspring. They have won their last six games, and an undefeated homestand is very much within their reach. This will be their second straight game that falls under the category of matchups they “should” win, after Monday’s victory over the Bobcats. Join us for updates and analysis from the TD Garden during the game, which tips off at 8 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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