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Austin Rivers | Guard | #25

Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
College: Duke
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (10) / NO
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Austin Rivers hit 8-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of Monday's 114-101 win over the Nets.
He's been back for three games and has played at least 32 minutes and scored in double figures in each of them. The rest of the Clippers starters had pretty pedestrian stat lines, but they got an easy win and Rivers can be added in all leagues. Milos Teodosic was back from his foot injury tonight, but Rivers got the start and is likely going to get more minutes than Teodosic on most nights. Feb 12 - 10:42 PM

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Despite playing 32 and 34 minutes in his first two games back from an 18-game absence, Austin Rivers said his ankle feels great.

"I've been conditioning so hard that I wasn't even tired out there," Rivers said. "I thought I was going to have an early wind where I was going to be exhausted, but I wasn't tired at all." He added that the swelling in his ankle is completely gone and the Clippers will be relying on him heavily going forward, especially with Milos Teodosic (foot) banged up again. He's averaging 13.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 triples in his last two games.
Feb 11 - 11:57 AM

Austin Rivers (ankle) returned from an 18-game absence and showed little to no rust, scoring 16 points with five assists, two rebounds and two triples in 32 minutes in a 108-95 win over Detroit.

It's surprising to see him play 32 minutes right away, but maybe Doc was rewarding him for doing all of his chores. All kidding aside, Rivers drew the start at PG with Milos Teodosic (foot) out, but it's currently unclear if the veteran was rested or if this injury could linger. He's worth a look and will probably see heavy minutes at both guard spots even when Teodosic is back.
Feb 9 - 9:49 PM

Austin Rivers (ankle) will start at point guard on Friday vs. the Pistons.

Milos Teodosic (foot) is out, but we'd still expect some restrictions for Rivers right out of the gate. There are a lot of mouths to feed in LA, but Rivers is worth a look if you need a guard.
Feb 9 - 7:12 PM

Austin Rivers (ankle) said he's playing vs. Detroit on Friday.

The team also confirmed he is available to play. This has been his target date all along and he's been progressing for over a week now. Rivers may be coming off the bench because now he's got some competition for minutes with Avery Bradley around. Rivers is still worth a look in most leagues, but pickups like George Hill or D.J. Augustin offer more upside.
Feb 9 - 5:40 PM

Austin Rivers (right ankle/heel) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

Rivers has been targeting a Feb. 9 return and this is the first time in a while he's been tagged as 'questionable', so maybe we'll see him in action. His fantasy value took a hit recently with Lou Williams signing an extension and Avery Bradley staying in L.A. through the deadline, though, so he doesn't have a ton of fantasy upside.

Austin Rivers (ankle) is expected to practice on Wednesday.

If all goes well, he should be back for Friday against the Pistons for the Blake Griffin revenge game. Rivers does need a lot of volume to have fantasy value, and it's possible he can get it even with Lou Williams around. He's worth a pickup in some 12-team leagues, but his upside isn't the greatest.
Feb 7 - 3:48 PM

Austin Rivers (ankle, heel) said he plans to return to game action on February 9th, when the Clippers play at Detroit.

Rivers has not played since initially suffering the injury back on December 29th. Milos Teodosic will continue to log plenty of minutes at point guard with Rivers sidelined. However, the trade deadline is February 8th, which means the Clippers roster could look different by the time Rivers returns. There is a strong possibility Lou Williams will be traded by this time next week, which would open up plenty of minutes in the Clippers backcourt.
Feb 2 - 9:49 AM

Coach Doc Rivers said that Austin Rivers (ankle) is "probably at least two weeks away" from returning to game action.

Rivers initially sustained the injury back in late December and is still wearing a protective walking boot. Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic have been the primary fantasy beneficiaries in Rivers' absence. Jawun Evans (sore lower abdominal) and Tyrone Williams have also seen an uptick in playing time.
Jan 23 - 11:22 AM

Austin Rivers (ankle, heel) will wear a protective walking boot for at least one more week.

Doc Rivers said Austin will be "in and out" of the boot, but it's still unclear when he might return to the court. His absence ensures that Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic will be leaned on heavily, with Jawun Evans and Tyrone Williams also earning more minutes.
Jan 17 - 9:15 PM

Austin Rivers (bruised heel) will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The official diagnosis is a right ankle impingement after he underwent additional testing on Wednesday. To be clear, just because he's scheduled to be re-evaluated in two weeks doesn't mean he will return right after that. Milos Teodosic and Lou Williams are locked into heavy minutes, while C.J. Williams and Jawun Evans will also get a chance to step up.
Jan 4 - 8:27 PM

When asked if Austin Rivers was getting closer to playing, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, "We thought he was."

"I know he was working out the last couple of days and had some discomfort," Doc Rivers said. "So they’re going to reevaluate his foot again. I think they are going to send him to another guy and see what’s going on. We have to wait and see." We still don't know how that evaluation went, and while the Clippers listed him as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder, he's probably closer to doubtful. C.J. Williams had his best game as pro with 18 points on Tuesday and could get another chance to impress.
Jan 4 - 10:16 AM

Austin Rivers (sore right Achilles) is questionable for Thursday against the Thunder..

He did not play on Tuesday and Sunday, but Rivers is only day-to-day. C.J. Williams had a career night on Tuesday and may be asked to step up again. Rivers' Achilles injury looked a lot worse over the weekend, so getting back within a week would be great news.
Source: Clippers PR
Jan 3 - 7:15 PM

Austin Rivers (right Achilles) will not play on Tuesday vs. Memphis.

Rivers got good news after his MRI over the weekend and he said he was expecting to play, so this whole situation is a little odd. He will undergo additional testing, so we wouldn't count on seeing him on Thursday vs. the Thunder. Jawun Evans may get another start and will try to bounce back after picking up four fouls in 14 minutes in his last one.
Jan 2 - 8:54 PM

Austin Rivers (right Achilles) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Memphis.

The Clippers got good news over the weekend when the MRI on Rivers' Achilles came back clean. We should have an update from the team this afternoon regarding his status for the matchup with Memphis on Tuesday night.
Jan 2 - 9:28 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Milos Teodosic
2Austin Rivers
3Patrick Beverley
4Tyrone Wallace
5Jawun Evans
SG1Avery Bradley
2Lou Williams
3Sindarius Thornwell
4C.J. Williams
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Wes Johnson
3Sam Dekker
PF1Tobias Harris
2Montrezl Harrell
C1DeAndre Jordan
2Boban Marjanovic