Rockets’ Austin Rivers leaves game vs. Heat with shoulder injury
Austin Rivers headed to the locker room holding his shoulder. He called for medical attention to join him.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 19, 2019
The extent of Rivers’ injury is unknown at this point, but he’s going to get medical tests as soon as possible and updates should be released within the next couple of hours. Hopefully, it’s not that serious, as the Rockets are already expected to miss the services of Gerald Green for the rest of the season due to a broken leg.
The Rockets are once again expected to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference and they hoping that they will finally win the elusive title this season. Houston was able to acquire Russell Westbrook in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder a couple of months ago, and with James Harden leading the way, they are poised to have a great 2019-20 campaign.
Rivers will play a key role for the Rockets off the bench. Last season, he averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists for the team in around 29 minutes per game. If he will miss significant time because of the shoulder injury he just suffered, guys like Ben McLemore and Shamorie Ponds could see some minutes on the floor for Houston.
As of this writing, the Rockets are leading the Heat 73-70 at the half. This is Houston’s last preseason game. They will be facing the Milwaukee Bucks on the 24th for the official start of their regular season.
The Rockets currently have a 3-2 win-loss record in the preseason.