Doc and Austin Rivers find the playoffs are no time for bonding

Doc and Austin Rivers find the playoffs are no time for bonding
Clippers guard Austin Rivers with his father, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, during a game against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 29. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

There wasn't an emotional father-and-son moment for Doc and Austin Rivers before their first playoff game together.

Actually, there wasn't really a moment at all.


"I literally have not had a conversation with him from a father and son point of view," Doc Rivers said before the Clippers' playoff opener Sunday night at Staples Center against the San Antonio Spurs. "I would say I've talked to D.J. and Chris far more than I have talked to Austin over the last four days, so maybe I'm being a bad dad."

That would be DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, two of the team's stars. Austin Rivers is a point guard acquired in January via trade to back up Paul.

Austin Rivers said he realized where he fell in the pressure pecking order heading into his playoff debut.

"I don't have a tremendous amount of pressure on myself," he said. "For what reason? We have our leader, Chris. You ask how much pressure I have, you go talk to him."

Rivers said he wasn't around his father much during his two NBA Finals forays with the Boston Celtics, attending only their series-clinching victory over the Lakers in 2008. Did he partake in the underage celebratory drinking his father recently joked about?

"Nah," Rivers said. "I was like in eighth grade, man."

His time of year

If it's time for the NBA playoffs, then J.J. Redick must be involved.

The shooting guard on Sunday extended his streak of appearing in the playoffs in every professional season. He's been nine times now, with three different teams.

He conceded he should have been left out two years ago, when he spent most of the season with a crummy Orlando Magic team.

"I got traded at the deadline to Milwaukee, and we won 37 games and made the playoffs, so there was an asterisk next to that season," Redick said. "But other than that, I feel like I've been on good teams."

Redick advanced to the Finals with the Magic in 2009 and the Eastern Conference finals in 2010, but both of those might be trumped by a deep playoff run with a Clippers franchise that has never made it past the second round.

Special bond

The "E:60" newsmagazine episode detailing Paul's tribute to a young fan's late mother in November, when the Clippers point guard wrote her initials on his shoes for a game against the Detroit Pistons, will air on ESPN on Tuesday.

Paul wrote L.E.G. on his shoes in honor of Lisa Elaine Gallagher, who died in September from an aggressive form of brain cancer. Her son, Jack, had placed one of his CP3 brand shoes on her grave.

Jack's father said he gave his teenage son permission to stay up and watch the Clippers' playoff opener Sunday even though the game started after 10:30 p.m. local time in their hometown of Erie, Pa.

"Jack is the only eighth-grader in America who has a 1 a.m. curfew on school nights when the Clippers are in the playoffs," Michael Gallagher said.

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Times staff writer Melissa Rohlin contributed to this report