Dad-son play­offs bond­ing? No time

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Ben Bolch ben.bolch@la­times.com Twit­ter: @latb­bolch Times staff writer Melissa Rohlin con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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 se­ri­esclinch­ing 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.

Wally Skalij Los An­ge­les Times

SAN AN­TO­NIO’S Tony Parker loses the ball to Chris Paul and Blake Grif­fin, left, in the Clip­pers’ play­off opener Sun­day night at Sta­ples Cen­ter.

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