The New Orleans Hornets received some bad news yesterday. Austin Rivers, their young shooting guard, could miss the rest of the season. The initial projection is 4-6 weeks, but that recovery time takes Rivers so close to the end of the season that it's very possible he doesn't come back.
Rivers broke his hand Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Rivers was seeing improvements in his game, and the Hornets were excited to see what he could do going forward, but as Kurt Helin of NBC Sports says 4-6 weeks is essentially season-ending at this point.
Rivers is the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. While he is not a star yet, he is clearly still developing. Rivers had a successful college career at Duke before being drafted by the Hornets.
So far this season, Rivers was averaging 6.2 points and 2.1 assists per game. This is his rookie season, but Rivers saw himself getting sporadic minutes at best. Perhaps with more consistent playing time next year, he can break out.
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