HoopsHype Austin Rivers rumors

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“Around Christmas time, it started to change a little bit and I started to think about the things that would help me as a player. You want to hear somebody congratulate you every once in a while and I wasn’t doing that with him as much as I thought I was. “He always competed, but he started playing a lot better. It’s a shame that he got hurt the way he did because he started playing some really good ball. Boston Globe

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The Hornets announced that rookie guard Austin Rivers suffered a broken bone in his right hand during a 108-102 home loss to the Lakers on Wednesday. Rivers fractured the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with the injury. New Orleans’ final regular season game is on April 17, exactly six weeks from Wednesday, so it’s possible that the injury will end Rivers’ season. Should he return in four weeks, he will miss New Orleans’ next 12 games. SI.com

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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 balance his emotions as a coach and father. "It's just a strange dynamic," Rivers said of only the fourth father/son battle in NBA history. "I didn't enjoy it, honestly. I know it's neat for everyone else, but, as a father, I don't know if I enjoyed that." ESPN.com

There wasn’t much interaction during the game between father and son, and Doc acknowledged there is a sense of relief that the matchup is done. “You know, it was strange. It was funny, the one time he did something, I was about to say something and I didn’t say it — I caught myself — I forgot he was on the other team,” Doc said. “Other than that, it’s just a strange dynamic. I didn’t enjoy it, honestly. I know it’s neat for everyone else, but as a father, I don’t know if I enjoyed that. George Karl this summer, we were laughing, and he said, ‘It’s going to be strange’ and he said, ‘your [son’s] going to play more [than usual].’ And he was right.” Boston Globe

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Demps says he’s not as concerned about Rivers as maybe some others are because of what he sees from Rivers in practice and in his contributions outside the box score. “He is fighting,” Demps said of Rivers. “I think of Austin as fighting and doing the best he can and working with the coaches. Rookies are going to have their ups and downs. We hope that he can figure out the NBA game and find his niche. What works and what doesn’t work and what can he do to help the team. “The thing I will say about him is that he’s competes. Some nights he’s not making shots, but his dribble penetration is creating shots for other guys. Sometimes he’ll draw three or four guys, he’ll shoot it and misses it, but somebody else was able to grab the weak side rebound, so sometimes the stat sheet doesn’t look as good as his production. The thing is I see him before practice working, after practice working. He hasn’t given up and he’s fighting and he’s trying and it’s his rookie season. HoopsWorld

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"Austin is doing a decent job of trying to learn," Hornets coach Monty Williams said earlier in the week. "He's got to do a better job of picking up the NBA concepts. You're going to see flashes at times. You're going to see times where he looks like a college player, but he works hard. He's diligent about film work. He's going to get better because he works at it." SB Nation

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Rookie Darius Miller will start in place of Rivers, who had his left index finger taped on his non-shooting hand during the shootaround. Williams wouldn't elaborate on Rivers' injury other than to say he injured it at practice. "I really don't know the specifics on it yet, but it's nothing too serious," Rivers said. "I don't ever want to sit out a game because this is what I love to do.'' Rivers, who participated in the shootaround, said he thought he was playing but the Hornets made the decision to hold him out. "Whenever they want me back, I will love to play,'' Rivers said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Williams made the comments when asked about Hornets forward Anthony Davis, who was injured last Friday night when he was hit in the heat with an elbow from teammate Austin Rivers. "The better he feels in the next couple of days, it helps the situation,'' Williams said before Saturday's game at the United Center. "But when you're dealing with the brain, I guess what's happening in football it's impacted everybody. So he got touched up a little bit last night and I'm sure that happens a lot in basketball. It's just that now you treat everybody like they have on white gloves and pink drawers. It's just getting old, but it's just the way the league is now.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

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