Rivers started at shooting guard and supplied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one block across 35 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.
Rivers was playing in just his second game after missing more than three weeks with a hamstring injury, but that didn't make coach Doc Rivers reluctant to move the younger Rivers up to the top unit and hand him major minutes. The 24-year-old looked far less tentative Friday than he did in his return to action three days earlier, as he provided some efficient scoring from beyond the arc, with one of his three treys helping the Clippers build a 14-point cushion with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Expect him to start again and see another significant workload in Sunday's Game 7.
Rivers (hamstring) provided two points (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 18 minutes in Tuesday's 96-92 loss to the Jazz in Game 5 of the series.
Playing for the first time in nearly a month after suffering a left hamstring strain, Rivers struggled to make an impact during his time on the court, contributing as many turnovers (two) as points. Rivers will likely see his minutes pick up a bit during Friday's Game 6 in Utah, but with Chris Paul and J.J. Redick both in line to see hefty usage and playing time, it's unlikely that Rivers will be asked to take on a major role offensively.
Rivers (hamstring) will play in Tuesday's Game 5 against Utah but will face a minutes restriction, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reports.
A hamstring injury has kept Rivers on the sideline since Mar. 29, but he's been cleared to return to action as the Clippers look to regain the series lead Tuesday back in Los Angeles. The team has not stated exactly how much Rivers will be allowed to play, but he's unlikely to approach the nearly 28 minutes per game he averaged during the regular season, making him a risky DFS play. Check back after shootaround Tuesday for a more definitive update on the 24-year-old, who compiled averages of 12.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 74 regular season contests.
Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
Rivers has missed the last 10 games with a hamstring strain, but appears set to return for a crucial Game 5 against Utah. Expect an official announcement to come after the point guard's participation in morning shootaround Tuesday, but Rivers will likely split time off the bench at point guard with Raymond Felton, as chances are he'll be eased back into the rotation following an extended absence.
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.
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