Austin Rivers listed as questionable for Rockets in Game 2 vs. Warriors
Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers is listed as questionable for Game 2 of his team’s second-round Western Conference playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.
Rivers missed the Rockets’ Game 1 loss on Sunday due to flu-like symptoms. He has said that he will “for sure” play in Game 2, but, obviously, it remains to be seen.
The 26-year-old played in all five games of Houston’s first-round series win over the Utah Jazz, averaging 6.2 points over 17.4 minutes per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the floor, 46.2 percent from 3-point range and 60 percent from the free-throw line.
The Rockets acquired Rivers off of waivers back in December. He began the season with the Washington Wizards, but he was traded to the Phoenix Suns in a deal that sent Trevor Ariza to the Wizards two months into the 2018-19 campaign. The Suns then immediately waived Rivers, who went on to join Houston.
Rivers, who played his collegiate basketball at Duke University, was originally selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 10th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.
He spent just two-and-a-half years with New Orleans before being dealt to the Boston Celtics midway through the 2014-15 season. However, Rivers never actually played a game for the Celtics and was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, where Rivers went on to enjoy the best stretch of his career.
Following an impressive 2017-18 campaign, Rivers was traded from the Clippers to the Wizards for Marcin Gortat.
He owns career averages of 9.2 points and 2.4 assists per game.