Austin Rivers is not having much luck with his ankle. He sprained his right ankle twice in a week - the most recent time coming on Friday. However, despite the sore ankle, he was able to practice Sunday which is a good sign for his availability for New Orleans' season-opener.
According to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picaynne, Rivers should be able to go for the opener against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Rivers was able to practice yesterday, just two days after he rolled his ankle during the Hornets' preseason victory.
"I’m kind of unlucky with two back-to-back sprained ankles like that," Rivers said. "But I was very fortunate at the same time. Although I’m not 100 percent right now, I’m able to play."Rivers, just 20 years old, was drafted out of Duke this past June. He is expected to start for the Hornets this season and play an integral role in the team's back court. Rivers played 34 games last season for Duke. He averaged 15.5 points per game and 2.1 assists per game. With the Hornets, Rivers will have to be both a scorer and a guy who can dish the ball. As a shooting guard, he will be a score-first type player, but he has the ability to find the open man.
The injury is not expected to hinder Rivers throughout the regular season. However, multiple ankle injuries can weaken the ankle making it more susceptible for future injury. The team, though, does not expect any lingering issues.