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

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Published: March 6, 2013
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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.

11 comments
Hank
Hank

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
ACStamp

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

Hank
Hank

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.

ACStamp
ACStamp

It sucks to see Austin go down...but there is a bright side - more Brian Roberts! More Brian Roberts = More Ping Pong Balls #TankTime

mateor
mateor

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.

Jared Ennis
Jared Ennis

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....

champsworld504
champsworld504

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

jsl05
jsl05

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.

Chuck
Chuck

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

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

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.

jsl05
jsl05

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

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