That’s right, the spectacular setting of a father versus son match-up will be the talk around Wednesday’s game between the Boston Celtics (20-17) and New Orleans Hornets (12-26).
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Though Doc Rivers doesn’t seem to be too excited in going against his son Austin Rivers for the first time in the 20-year-old’s career.
“I’ve always thought he had a shot of being in the league, but I never thought about coaching against him. You don’t ever think about that part. Then when he gets drafted you think, ‘Wow, I’m going to go up against my son.’ Not literally, I’ll be in a suit and tie, so I can’t do anything. But, again, it’s just something — I’ll be glad when the game’s over. I can put it that way,” (via ESPN Boston).
As well as he shouldn’t.
While Austin is trying to find his ways in the NBA, his father has everything heading into the positive direction for the Celtics. After a four-game losing that started on December 27, the green team find themselves four and a half games out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The 20-year-old shooting guard was picked 10th overall in the 2012 NBA draft. Recently, his productivity doesn’t reach the level of expectations prior to this season.
Rivers has struggled immensely only averaging roughly 10 minutes per game in the past five games. In last night’s loss against the Philadelphia 76ers, he played only five minutes recording one point and one rebound.
Maybe this clash against his father is what he really needs to become more motivated on the court. He is averaging 6.2 points and 2.4 assists with a 33 field goal percentage.
Doc’s successful career will be embraced all over Austin, especially when it comes down to heart and competitiveness, but tonight it’s a bit around the phrase “sorry you lost.”
In terms of Wednesday’s meeting between the two teams, the New Orleans Hornets will have their hands full against Paul Pierce and company.
The green team has everything going for them as of late and expect the consistency and momentum to continue elevate in the game. Boston will look to continue winning streak to seven games at 8 p.m.