Austin Rivers Suffers Fracture in Hand, Out 4 to 6 Weeks

Published: March 6, 2013

Austin Rivers may miss the rest of the season:

New Orleans Hornets G Austin Rivers suffered a fracture of the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand during tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.  Rivers is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the injury.

The injury seems to have occurred on the steal with about 5:28 left in the first quarter. Rivers shakes his hand after finishing the ensuing layup. During the subsequent timeout, Rivers is shown to be wincing while looked at by Ishop, then there is a closeup showing a very swollen hand. His good play following the injury is even more noteworthy.

Get well, Austin.


  1. jsl05

    March 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Terrible news. Hope he’s healed and comes back strong (unlike a certain…). He was progressing greatly, especially against the Lakers.

  2. Michael McNamara

    March 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I had a right hand injury once and I was forced to develop my left hand during that time. One of the best things to ever happen to my game in the long run. Not saying it is gonna happen with Austin, but you know that injury won’t keep him out of the gym, and you know his biggest weakness is his left hand. Could be a blessing in disguise when all is said and done.

  3. Chuck

    March 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Man we’re gonna be rolling in ping pong balls!

  4. jsl05

    March 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Based on his attitude, he’s not going to let himself miss the rest of the season. I’m excited about his future. He’s playing good defense, attacking, making the right decisions, and not chucking shots.

  5. champsworld504

    March 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t even want yall to write/type a recap of 2nite’s game. Just delete it.

  6. Jared Ennis

    March 7, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Sad to see him go. He was having the type of game I have been been dying to see him have all season. Like MM said, if he develops a left hand game, watch out. The thing that sucks is that this isn’t like 2K where we can just skip to the off-season….

  7. mateor

    March 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Sad to see an injury to one of the young guys.

    Austin has struggled big time. But he holds the record for most excited New Orleans draft pick of all time. And he has never looked like he didn’t want to be at work.

    Good luck.

  8. ACStamp

    March 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

    It sucks to see Austin go down…but there is a bright side – more Brian Roberts!

    More Brian Roberts = More Ping Pong Balls


  9. Hank

    March 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hornets could struggle without the toughness and the winning mentality that both rivers and j-smoove were bringing to the table. Obviously Vasquez wants to be that guy but he loses all decision making ability in the 4th. Could be a rough couple of weeks.

  10. Hank

    March 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Also is there any chance this injury contributed to Monty’s decision of holding out Davis in the final quarter? possibly he didnt want to risk losing both rookies in the same game

    • ACStamp

      March 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

      People have said that Monty was trying to protect Davis’s shoulder, and that’s why he wasn’t covering Dwight in the 4th.

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