Rivers (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Jazz, Jazz radio voice David Locke reports.
Rivers had been holding out hope that he might be able to return Sunday, but the fact that he's already been ruled out more than 24 hours in advance isn't overly encouraging. That said, the Clippers will continue to evaluate Rivers on a day-to-day basis, and he should be considered questionable for Game 5, which comes Tuesday back in Los Angeles.
Rivers missed the final six games of the regular season due to a nagging hamstring injury, and is expected to miss the first three playoff games. If he indeed makes his return in Game 4, look for Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford to see their roles providing backcourt depth slightly reduced. Look for confirmation on his status following Game 3.
Rivers (hamstring), who's already been ruled out for Game 2 against the Jazz on Tuesday, is also expected to remain sidelined for Game 3 on Friday, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports.
Rivers missed the final six games of the regular season with a strained left hamstring and the injury continues to linger into playoffs. While Rivers was already fully expected to miss the first two games of the series, he's now being considered doubtful for Game 3, although coach Doc Rivers wouldn't go as far as completely ruling him out for that contest. Barring a much quicker recovery than expected, look for Rivers to work towards potentially being available for Game 4 on Sunday, although further updates should be provided on Rivers' status later this week.
Rivers (hamstring) will be sidelined for at least the first two games of the playoffs against the Jazz, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Rivers will miss at least the first two games of the playoffs due to a strained his left hamstring, which occurred in late March and caused him to miss six consecutive games. He will likely be re-evaluated after the Clippers' second playoff game to determine a firmer timetable for return. In his absence, expect to see more time from Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford off the bench, filling in both guard slots.
Rivers (hamstring) implied Saturday that he doesn't expect to available for the rest of the regular season and is targeting a return to action at some point in the middle of the first round of the playoffs, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Rivers strained his left hamstring in Wednesday's game against the Wizards, missing the Clippers' subsequent two games as a result. While the team hasn't issued an official timetable for Rivers' return, the reserve guard's own comments suggest that fantasy owners still hanging on to him at this point are better off cutting bait in search of a healthier option over the final week and a half of the regular season. Rivers' absence could force the Clippers to lean a little heavier on starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick over the final handful of games, with Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton also seeing additional run off the bench.
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