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A coming-of-age story

Austin Rivers' debut at TD Garden makes the Celtics feel -- and look -- old

Updated: January 17, 2013, 2:54 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- As New Orleans Hornets rookie Austin Rivers took the floor to polite applause on Wednesday night at TD Garden, his father, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, quietly removed Avery Bradley from the game. Someone gunning for Dad of the Year?

It was actually Boston's normal substitution pattern, and the elder Rivers held true to his word by putting his team's best on-the-ball defender on his son later in the game. But the whole experience left the elder Rivers uneasy while trying to ...

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