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.
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 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.
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