Rivers and the Rockets agreed to terms Monday on a two-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Rivers has been maligned throughout his NBA career, but he gave the Rockets some positive minutes after signing on midway through last season. Even so, Rivers likely won't be much of a fantasy consideration given his shaky percentages and relative lack of non-scoring stats.
Rivers totaled just eight points, four rebounds, and one steal in 28 minutes during Saturday's 126-121 victory over Golden State.
Rivers managed just eight points in 28 minutes during Saturday's Game 3 victory but it was his defense on Steph Curry that would have pleased head coach Mike D'Antoni. He limited Curry to just 17 points on 7-of-23 shooting including 2-of-9 from beyond the perimeter. Rivers was on the floor down the stretch, supplanting Clint Capela who himself had a strong game. Curry has struggled throughout the series but could get hot at any time meaning Rivers will need to maintain his defensive focus.
Rivers (illness) confirmed Monday that he'll be available for Game 2 against the Warriors, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Rivers was sidelined for Game 1 with an illness, but he was back with the team Monday morning and is expected to be a full strength Tuesday night, giving the Rockets another secondary ball-handling option. Rivers' return could equate to a lesser role for Iman Shumpert, who was mostly a non-factor in Game 1.
Rivers is out of Sunday's game against Golden State due to illness, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Rockets are going to lose some of their depth behind Chris Paul with the absence of Rivers, who averaged 6.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists in Round 1 against Utah. The move will force James Harden to likely take over the point guard position for more possessions than usual, although Chris Chiozza is also available off the bench if Mike D'Antoni elects to take that route.
Rivers finished with 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three assists, one rebound, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in the Rockets' win over the Nuggets on Thursday.
Rivers had an efficient shooting night, going 60.0 percent from the floor and knocking down a trio of threes en route to scoring 15 points. It was just his second double-digit scoring effort in his last 12 games, and Rivers can't be considered much more than a cheap, matchup-based daily flyer.
Rivers totaled five points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, and one steal in 20 minutes during Tuesday's 108-94 loss to the Bucks.
Rivers was quiet, scoring in single digits for the ninth straight tilt. Moreover, with James Harden and Chris Paul creating the vast majority of looks for the team offensively, Rivers isn't contributing in the assist column much either. As a result, he's currently only worthy of consideration in very deep leagues.
Rivers (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Sunday in the Rockets' 117-102 win over the Timberwolves.
Though the Rockets didn't announce that Rivers or Kenneth Faried would be unavailable, coach Mike D'Antoni said afterward that both players were withheld from action for rest purposes in the second half of a back-to-back set, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Rivers should re-enter the rotation Tuesday in Atlanta, but he'll likely struggle to post useful numbers with all of James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon expected to play. Rivers has cracked double figures in the scoring column just twice since the All-Star break, averaging 7.0 points to go with 1.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 triples in 24.6 minutes per game during that stretch.
Rivers recorded 17 points (7-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt), two rebounds, and two assists in 31 minutes during Thursday's 121-118 win over the Heat.
Rivers missed only one field goal attempt and didn't commit a single turnover while breaking his five-game streak of single-digit scoring. Rivers remains a reliable two-way contributor for the Rockets. However, his fantasy value has slowly but surely eroded since the return of Chris Paul, and the short-term absences of Eric Gordon (knee) and Iman Shumpert (ankle) aren't enough to catapult Rivers into consideration outside of deeper formats.
Rivers (elbow) finished with five points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), one rebound and one steal in 22 minutes off the bench Thursday in the Rockets' 111-106 loss to the Lakers.
Rivers led the Rockets reserves in playing time, but as per usual, it didn't mean much with James Harden and Chris Paul dominating the usage out of the backcourt. Since shifting to the second unit in late January following Paul's return from injury, Rivers has predictably seen his marginal fantasy value disintegrate. Over his last nine games, he's averaging 8.6 points, 1.8 assists, 1.4 triples and 1.4 rebounds in 25.0 minutes per contest while shooting 39.4 percent from the field.
Rivers (elbow) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Lakers, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Rivers missed the game before the All-Star break with right elbow soreness, but it sounds like he'll be ready to return when the Rockets resume play in Los Angeles on Thursday. Over his last five games, the backup point guard is averaging 10.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 25.2 minutes.
Rivers won't play Wednesday against Minnesota due to right elbow soreness, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Rivers will have to wait until after the All-Star break to return to the court, as he's evidently dealing with some soreness following Monday evening's clash with Dallas. Gerald Green and Iman Shumpert could see an uptick in minutes with Rivers out of the mix for at least one game.
Rivers offered 16 points (4-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals across 35 minutes in the Rockets' 125-98 win over the Jazz on Saturday.
Rivers saw plenty of run with Chris Paul sitting out the contest for rest, leading to his highest scoring total since Jan. 13. The 26-year-old guard's usage also saw a spike Saturday, as his 13 attempts served his second-highest figure in that category since Jan. 5. The seven-year veteran encouragingly saw between 21 and 31 minutes in the first three games Paul played since returning from injury, so he looks set to retain a solid role in the rotation. However, it's also worth noting Paul has yet to return to his normal allotment of playing time, so Rivers could eventually settle into a role that affords him minutes in the low 20s on the majority of nights.
Rivers totaled zero points (0-5 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three assists, and two rebounds in 27 minutes during Monday's 121-93 loss to the 76ers.
Rivers had earned less than 30 minutes just once through his first 13 appearances with the Rockets. However, his offensive struggles combined with the lopsided score resulted in Rivers seeing his second-lowest minute total since joining the team. With Chris Paul (hamstring) potentially returning to the lineup by the end of the week, Rivers is likely set to see his role reduced going forward. Still, he could remain a decent option in daily leagues for Wednesday's matchup with the lowly Knicks.
Rivers played 46 minutes and contributed 13 points (5-14 FG, 3-9 3Pt), six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block across 46 minutes Wednesday in the Rockets' 145-142 overtime loss to the Nets.
RIvers cleared the 40-minute mark for the fifth time in nine games, benefiting greatly from an onslaught of injuries in addition to coach Mike D'Antoni's streamlined rotations. Though the Rockets returned a key backcourt member in Eric Gordon (knee) from injury, Gordon experienced renewed soreness during the contest to end his night early. While it's not believed to be a major setback, Gordon could be held out for Saturday's game against the Lakers as a precaution, which would clear the way for Rivers to once again absorb most of the minutes at guard alongside superstar James Harden.
Rivers finished with 11 points (4-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists and three steals over 39 minutes Monday against the Grizzlies.
Rivers struggled to a 33.3 percent success rate from the field, but he tacked on six assists and three steals to his final line when all was said and done. With James Harden leading the team with 57 points Monday evening, there wasn't much production left over for the rest of his teammates. Chris Paul (hamstring) is likely still at least a week away from returning, so Rivers should stay locked into a starting role until Paul is given the green light.
Rivers notched 25 points (10-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go with two assists, one rebound and one steal across 37 minutes Sunday in the Rockets' 116-109 loss to the Magic.
Since joining the Rockets in late December, Rivers has exceeded 30 minutes all but once in 10 games and has cleared 40 minutes on four occasions. With Eric Gordon (knee) and Chris Paul (hamstring) both sidelined, Rivers is locked into a starting role for the time being, but he won't benefit from a major bump in usage while playing alongside James Harden. That reality has limited Rivers to only seven total assists over the last three contests, but he's at least contributed 13.5 points and 2.7 three-pointers per game during that stretch.
Rivers tallied 21 points (8-15 FG, 5-10 3Pt), one rebound, and one assist in 42 minutes during Saturday's 110-101 loss to Portland.
Rivers scored 21 points in Saturday's loss, his highest points total as a member of the Rockets. In typical fashion, Rivers contributed just one rebound and one assist during his 42 minutes on the floor, so while the scoring and threes are nice, he is more of a streaming option as long as Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee) are out.
Rivers posted 18 points (7-18 FG, 4-9 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists and one steal across 44 minutes during the Rockets' 135-134 overtime win over the Warriors on Thursday.
Rivers was a key component of the Rockets' furious second-half rally with some timely triples, as he once again drew the start for Eric Gordon (knee). The seven-year veteran has actually ran with the first unit in back-to-back games, and he also exceeded the 40-minute mark against the Grizzlies on Monday. Rivers has five straight double-digit scoring efforts since joining Houston, and he's in line for another start if Gordon can't go Saturday night versus the Trail Blazers. The 26-year-old is capable of producing in multiple categories, although it remains to be seen how much playing time he'll receive once both Gordon and Chris Paul (hamstring) are back in action.
Rivers will draw the start Monday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With Eric Gordon sidelined with a knee injury, Rivers will move into the starting five in his place. Rivers has seen over 30 minutes in his past three appearances, and will likely continue to see high minute totals while he is in the starting five.
Rivers totaled 10 points (4-12 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 0-2 FT), seven assist,s and five rebounds in 37 minutes during Saturday's 108-104 victory over New Orleans.
Rivers had a modest line Saturday but continues to carve out a nice role in the Rockets rotation. Eric Gordon (knee) left the game early and is scheduled for an MRI. If he is forced to miss time, Rivers will be given even more opportunity to produce and is worth a speculative add in most formats.
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