Austin Rivers Injury: Updates on Hornets Guard's Ankle

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 22, 2012

New Orleans Hornets rookie Austin Rivers reportedly has a sprained ankle after landing awkwardly in preseason action against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news for Hornets' fans—despite re-injuring his ankle on Friday, Rivers was back at practice on Sunday. John Reid from The Times Picayune has the update:

New Orleans Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers practiced Sunday despite spraining his right ankle twice last week. Rivers said his ankle is sore but not enough to keep him from practicing or playing in this Wednesday's opener against the San Antonio Spurs.

Hornets Coach Monty Williams said Rivers performed well throughout Sunday's practice.

''He's had some issues with that ankle, but to me that's just part of the game,'' Williams said.''When you are that fast and jump that high eventually you're going to come down on somebody's foot.''

Sounds like there isn't much to be worried about here, and the exciting rookie should be good to go for the beginning of the regular season.

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UPDATE: Friday, October 26 at 10:23 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

After returning to the hardwood on Friday against the Miami Heat, Austin Rivers injured his ankle again in the third quarter, rolling it over while Heat guard Norris Cole was guarding him, according to Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune.

Smith noted the injury looked "gruesome," but Rivers was able to walk off the court under his own power.


UPDATE: Friday, October 26 at 7:33 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Austin Rivers will start in preseason action against the Miami Heat tonight, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post

Skolnick tweeted on Friday:

Austin Rivers starts tonight for the Hornets. Eric Gordon still out.

— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) October 26, 2012



UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 12:21 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

With the regular season approaching, the Hornets are wisely sitting out star rookie guard Austin Rivers (ankle) for tonight's preseason contest against the Rockets, according to's Jim Eichenhofer.

Hornets will have 13 players tonight available vs. Rockets, with Austin Rivers, Jason Smith and Eric Gordon ruled out

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) October 24, 2012


UPDATE: Tuesday, October 23 at 6:19 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Good news, Hornets fans. According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, Rivers hasn't suffered any structural damage in his right ankle:

MRI shows that Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers has no structural damage to his injured right ankle and he islisted as day to day.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 23, 2012


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Stein tweeted on Monday:

Official word on Hornets rookie Austin Rivers after unnatural landing in Dallas is sprained right ankle

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 23, 2012


Rivers, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft and the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is being counted on by the Hornets to lift the team out of the doldrums, along with No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis.

Rivers averaged 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from downtown in his freshman year at Duke. He's expected to play point for the Hornets this season, which has drawn mixed reviews.

Given Rivers' quickness and ability to penetrate into the lane, some believe he can make the transition to point guard in the NBA. On the other hand, there are some who believe his questionable decision making and inconsistency will bite him in the pros.

It would be a big blow for the Hornets to lose Rivers this season. Not only are they lacking a viable alternative at the point, but it would keep them from developing who they hope will be a budding star in the league.

The Hornets went 21-45 last season with Chris Paul in Los Angeles, and they're hoping they can bounce back this season and show some progress.

Check back with Bleacher Report for the latest updates on the young guard's condition.

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