Austin Rivers suffers concussion, will miss game vs. Wizards
The LA Clippers just got European point guard Milos Teodosic back from a plantar fascia injury in his foot on Monday night against the Toronto Raptors. Before that game, head coach Doc Rivers revealed that forward Danilo Gallinari suffered a setback in his glute injury that would force him to miss another couple of games.
Late in the first half of Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic, point guard Austin Rivers took an elbow to the face from Jonathan Simmons while defending the Magic guard. Rivers immediately went down next to the basket stanchion grabbing his face. A few minutes later, Rivers went into the locker room to get tests done and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game as the third quarter was set to begin. Rivers finished with nine points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in 18 first-half minutes.
After the game, head coach Doc Rivers met with members of the media where he confirmed that Austin did indeed have a concussion and has already ruled Rivers out of Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards as he undergoes further testing to make sure he passes the NBA’s concussion protocol.
“Just a concussion,” said Rivers. “He’ll definitely will miss the next game for sure. After that, we’ll see.”
The league takes concussions and any head injuries very seriously, putting players through rigorous drills and exercises to make sure they’re absolutely concussion symptom-free before allowing them to return back to the court.
In his last nine games prior to tonight, Rivers had been averaging 18.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, one steal, and 2.8 three-pointers per game on 47-percent shooting from the field and 43.1-percent from beyond the arc.
The Clippers face a back-to-back set this weekend, returning to Florida to take on the Miami Heat on Saturday after their Friday night matchup against the Wizards. The Clippers says Rivers will be re-evaluated after the Wizards game. At this point, it’s looking like his availability for Saturday’s game could very much be in jeopardy if he doesn’t pass the NBA’s concussion protocol by that time. Of course, the only thing that matters at this point is that he doesn’t rush back and comes back at 100-percent.