when they say, "May all the odds be in your favor!" this is so not the case with Clippers now! For the second time in these 4 weeks, the clippers are losing their important player to a hand injury. Los Angeles clipper's guard Austin Rivers is diagnosed with a broken hand and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Before it was Blake Griffin, first due to torned left quad tendon and then also because of a broken left hand. The latter is still under investigation, and is expected to be done soon.
A blow from Minnesota on wednesday was probably too hard for Rivers. Although primarily diagnosed as bruise, the injury wasn't given much attention. But when the pain persisted and physical examination was done, the hand break was found.
Rivers has been doing amazing this season with 8.1 points on average in 22 minutes per game.
So again, it is hand down, man down, for Clippers. River's absence is a huge blow at the point guard. Clipper's probably got the evil eye effect, while river sits because of his hand injury, its third-string guard Pablo Prigiono, is suffering from a facial injury, leaving Chris Paul as the only substitute healthy point guard left for Clipper to fill gap.
Persistence of the situation can lead to Chris Paul being overtaxed compensating the low insight on the roster. Also, J. Crawford and L. Stephenson can be given the chance as primary ball handler on second unit. There is a also a possibility that Doc Rivers sings a veteran point guard for just the 10-day contract, to bridge the gap for injury-related losses.
These possibilities could give chance to those behind the covers, like Jeff ayres. Rotations changes are expected keeping into account the current situation of Clippers. The primary choice can be Lance Stephenson who is performing well, scoring 8.6 points in 82.6% of his games. Furthermore, if Stephenson doesn't get River's call then C.J. Wilcox can make is impression on the team. About him, no one knows how good he is or what his ability to move with the ball.
Lets keep our fingers crossed and see where does Doc River's ideas land now!