Austin Rivers likely done for season

Austin Rivers likely done for season
March 9, 2013, 9:00 am
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BOSTON — The rookie season for Austin Rivers ended sooner than anticipated when he suffered a broken hand in New Orleans' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week.

The injury will keep him out 4-6 weeks which effectively ends his season with the Hornets who will not be in the playoffs.

"It's a bummer," said his father and Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "I thought he was playing great."

Although Austin Rivers' numbers this season aren't overly impressive - 37.2 percent from the field, and 32.6 percent on 3s - he was just starting to show signs to validate the Hornet's decision to take him with the No. 10 overall pick in last June's NBA draft.

Since Feb. 1, Rivers has shot almost 50 percent from the field (49.5 percent to be exact) along with connecting on 42.9 percent of his 3s.

And to make the injury even more cruel, he was having arguably his best game of the season when he suffered the injury as he made his first five shots against the Lakers before missing his sixth shot attempt.

C's coach Doc Rivers said his son's sixth shot, a miss, came after he suffered the injury, which "tells you his mentality."

Added Doc Rivers, "He thought he could make it."

While disappointed with the injury, Doc Rivers said his son's play of late helps take some of the sting out of not being able to finish the season.

"He knows he can play and he knows he can play well," the elder Rivers said. "I just think it was important for him to get it going before. If that hadn't happened, it would have been a tough injury. Now it's just another injury.