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Austin Rivers | Guard | #25

Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
College: Duke
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (10) / NO
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Austin Rivers went 4-of-12 from the field in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Jazz, on his way to nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes.
Rivers perhaps was a bit too comfortable jacking up contested shots in this one, and while he did do a decent job defensively against Gordon Hayward, his inability to have a positive impact on the offensive end was a major issue for Los Angeles. As a side note, with the Game 7 loss, the Clippers became the first team in NBA history to blow a series lead in five straight postseasons, so it'll be interesting to see what happens with J.J. Redick, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin during free agency. Apr 30 - 6:40 PM

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Austin Rivers came through in his start against the Jazz on Friday, scoring 13 points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He had two very clutch treys with less than four minutes left in the game, including a huge one with 1:29 remaining to give the Clippers a 10-point lead. Coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers were much better on the perimeter with defense, so you can pencil his son as a starter for Game 7. After playing just 18 minutes in Game 5, Rivers could be flirting with 40 minutes on Sunday.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Rivers price didn’t jump dramatically on FanDuel or DraftKings after his solid performance in Game 6, which keeps him in play as a nice value target. Across 246.0 minutes this season when Rivers was on the court with Chris Paul and without Blake Griffin, he managed a per-36 pace of 25.16 FD points and 27.18 DK points. Although his ownership will rise, he’s worth a roster spot given his expected workload.
Apr 29 - 1:45 AM

Austin Rivers is starting over Mo Speights in Game 6 against the Jazz on Friday.

Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to start either Paul Pierce or Speights, but he'll go with his son. This almost certainly means Rivers will see much more than his 18 minutes in Game 5, and he could even get into the 30s. The Clippers will do their best to push the pace here and get Utah out of their halfcourt rhythm on both ends.
Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

Austin Rivers vowed to be more aggressive in Game 6 in Utah on Friday.

"All I needed was that one game just to get my rhythm back," Rivers said. "I’m not going to be out there trying to figure stuff out next game. I’m going to be aggressive." The rust was very apparent in his return from an 11-game absence on Tuesday, as he missed all four of his shots and brought very little to the box score in his 18 minutes off the bench. He should be able to flirt with 20 minutes again in Game 6, but given the matchup, he's not a great guy to target in fantasy hoops.
Apr 26 - 11:29 AM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) returned to action in Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Jazz, scoring two points with two boards and one assist in 18 minutes.

Coach Doc Rivers was only expecting him to play around 12 minutes and the rust was obvious as the SG missed all four of his shots from the field. With that said, he did play some solid defense and his minutes will likely be in the 20s for Game 6 in Utah on Friday. He will be tough to trust in fantasy leagues until his restrictions are lifted.
Apr 26 - 1:52 AM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play about 12 minutes in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

Additionally, Rivers will come off the bench and Mo Speights will remain in the starting lineup. If Rivers' hamstring holds up well tonight, his minutes should quickly trend up and he will eventually have some nice DFS appeal with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the postseason.
Apr 25 - 9:14 PM

Doc Rivers confirmed that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will play with a minutes limit in Game 5 against the Jazz on Tuesday.

Rivers hasn't taken the court since March 29, so his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton will likely lose some minutes with Rivers back in the rotation.
Apr 24 - 5:15 PM

Austin Rivers said his hamstring has made "significant improvement," and he will return to the court for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

This falls in line with an earlier report from Adrian Wojnarowski that stated Rivers was expected to play on Tuesday, so we should get official confirmation following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With Rivers back in action, Raymond Felton won't play as much.
Apr 24 - 3:36 PM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate.
Apr 24 - 1:06 PM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) remains out for Game 4 on Sunday.

The Clippers could've used him now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs. With Rivers out, the Clippers will use more small-ball lineups with Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Paul Pierce soaking up minutes at the four. We should see more Brandon Bass and three-guard lineups, as well.
Apr 22 - 2:51 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that he doesn't think Austin Rivers (hamstring) will be able to play Sunday vs. Utah.

Rivers has been sidelined since initially injuring his hamstring back on March 29th. "I don't think so," Doc said when asked if Austin could be ready in time for Sunday's Game 4. "I don't know. I think he probably thinks that for sure. He's feeling better. He's working out. But I just don't see that. I think that's awfully quick." We should have a formal update regarding Rivers status either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning after shootaround.
Apr 22 - 10:12 AM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 3 Friday night vs. Utah.

This news was expected, as earlier this week coach Doc Rivers stated that Game 4 on Sunday was a more realistic target for his son's return. Rivers has not appeared in a game since he initially injured the hamstring back on March 29th. However, Doc said that Austin "had a good day" Wednesday and did a bit of running. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will continue to soak up extra minutes in Rivers absence.
Apr 21 - 10:27 AM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) is hopeful that he can get back on the court for Sunday's Game 4 vs. Utah.

Head coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that he wasn't expecting his son to return to the floor for Friday's Game 3, and with Rivers now shooting for Game 4 on Sunday, it seems safe to assume he'll be watching Friday's game from the sidelines. He hasn't played since March 29, so he'll likely be eased back into things once he's finally cleared to play. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton will continue to see an uptick in minutes with Rivers on the shelf.
Apr 19 - 10:09 AM

Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and that he's "probably" out for Friday's Game 3 as well.

Austin was able to get some shots up during Saturday's shootaround, and while he was hopeful he'd be able to get back on the court for Game 3, it doesn't sound like that's a very likely scenario. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton should continue to flirt with minutes in the 20s with Rivers on the sidelines.
Apr 17 - 2:47 PM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) said he's targeting a return on Friday for Game 3 against the Jazz.

Rivers was able to shoot around on Saturday for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29, and that's encouraging because his previous attempt to get back on the floor didn’t go well. "I was on the court three or four days ago," Rivers said on Saturday, "and it didn’t really go as I planned. Didn’t feel good and they took me off and waited a couple more days, with a little treatment and stuff like that. Today we tried it again and it worked." With Rivers already ruled out for Game 2, Jamal Crawford will continue to see a bump in minutes.
Apr 16 - 9:28 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Chris Paul
2Austin Rivers
3Raymond Felton
4Jawun Evans
SG1J.J. Redick
2Jamal Crawford
SF1Luc Mbah a Moute
2Wes Johnson
3Paul Pierce
4Alan Anderson
PF1Blake Griffin
2Brandon Bass
3Brice Johnson
C1DeAndre Jordan
2Marreese Speights
3Diamond Stone