It was Rivers' best scoring performance in eight February games as well as the first time this season he shot 60 percent while taking a minimum of 10 shots. He also chipped in three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes Wednesday. Rivers has averaged 6.1 points and 15.9 minutes over 41 games played.
Rivers did well with his 16 minutes Tuesday, scoring seven points on 2 of 3 shooting with one 3-pointer in as many attempts. He added two rebounds and turned the ball over twice as well in the 100-89 win.
Rivers has improved on his dreadful rookie campaign, but has seen his role shrink amid a reshaped rotation. He is averaging just 5.6 points per game, despite improving his shooting to 39.9 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from three-point range.
Rivers hit two of his four three-point attempts and five of his seven free throws off the bench while also recording one assist and one rebound. He'll be a candidate for more consistent playing time if he can replicate Sunday's efficient shooting performance on a regular basis.
"He's just got to keep working," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams told the Times-Picayune Sunday. "It's a tough spot for a young guy, especially when you work as hard as he does.
Rivers has played just 25 minutes in four games thus far, while sitting out three full games. The Pelicans' guard depth has made it hard for him to find playing time, whereas injuries allowed him to find the floor as a rookie.
"We play the guys that are going to help us win," Williams continued. "That's the bottom line. I've got to do my job. So I can't worry about all that other stuff."
Rivers could see some more playing time moving forward, as he did Sunday against the Suns, when he logged 12 minutes off the bench in a 101-94 loss. Tyreke Evans suffered an aggravation of a lingering ankle injury Sunday, the extent of which is not yet known.
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Rivers has yet to amount to much of anything in the NBA at the age of 21 years old. He's going to need playing time first.
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