Austin Rivers questionable for Monday against Thunder
Houston Rockets guard Austin River will be questionable to play in Monday’s showdown against the Okhloama City Thunder. He’s still recovering from a sprained thumb he injured during Tuesday’s 110-121 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Rockets guard Austin Rivers is questionable to play for Rockets vs. Thunder tomorrow with a sprained right thumb.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 19, 2020
The 27-year-old swingman has appeared in 38 of the Rockets’ 41 games this season. In those 38 games, he’s averaging 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 22.9 minutes per game. Rivers is shooting 40.2 percent from the field, which is his worst percentage since 2012-13, and 30.3 percent from beyond the arc.
The Rockets will certainly need Rivers back in the lineup on Monday on the defensive side of the court. Rivers defense could be helpful to defend guards Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
The Rockets are hoping they’ll have a healthy lineup for the remainder of the season, as they’ve played horrendous basketball this past week. On Saturdays 14-115 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, they’ve struggled to make shots as they shot 32 percent from behind the arc.
They’re currently on a three-game losing streak, losing four of the past five games. This is their longest losing streak of the season, however, they’re still the fifth seed in the Western Conference with a record of 26-15.
With the trade deadline approaching on Feb. 6, it’ll be interesting to see if the Rockets make any roster moves. They have relied heavily on superstars James Harden and Russell Westbrook. The two MVPs are both putting up stellar numbers this season, however, they’ve struggled to win games consistently.
They’ll be seeking to snap that three-game losing streak as they host the Thunder on Monday.