Clippers' Austin Rivers has been diagnosed with broken left hand, sources say. Likely out 4-6 weeks.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 7, 2016
Austin Rivers can join Blake Griffin in rehabbing his hand. Rivers broke his left hand and is scheduled to miss 4-6 weeks. Initially, it was believed to be a ‘hand contusion’, but further testing proved different. Rivers on the injury, from NBA.com:
“I went into the lane, and something, either an elbow or something, hit me just dead in the middle of my hand.”
Rivers had been playing some of his best basketball this year, shooting his highest percentage from the field for his career, averaging his highest number of points, and his defense has been his calling card.
Without him, it creates an opportunity to a certain bench-dweller. Lance Stephenson will likely see a bump in minutes, which is just the opportunity he is looking for after slap boxing with Josh Smith earlier in the season. Before disappearing in Charlotte and now in L.A., Lance was one of the best, young rising stars.
Rivers’ hand has the potential to halt and trade talk that the Clippers may have had. They have been rumored to be in the market for Rudy Gay. The Clips would likely need to give up, at least, two of their guards, most likely Jamal Crawford and Lance Stephenson, to have any shot at Gay. With Rivers’ injury, the depth and little flexibility the Clippers had went right out the window.