Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers left the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Houston Rockets with a sprained right ankle.
Rivers drove into the paint late in the game and pulled up awkwardly after planting his right foot, falling to the ground in pain for a minute before being helped off the floor.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, Austin’s father, told reporters the team initially feared the injury was a torn Achilles, but that it was likely a second or third degree ankle sprain. Rivers has yet to have an X-ray on the ankle.
The 23-year-old Rivers finished with two points on 1-of-5 shooting in 16 minutes. He has averaged 7.2 points and 1.3 assists in a reserve role this season.
The Clippers dropped to 16–12 after falling to the Rockets, who memorably ousted them from last season’s playoffs after L.A. led the Western Conference semifinals 3–1.
- Jeremy Woo