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Hornets’ Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

Mar 7, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

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Austin Rivers may have been finally starting to figure it out. But now we’re not going to find out for a while.

Rivers will be out four to six weeks with a broken fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand suffered in the Hornets come-from-ahead loss to the Lakers Wednesday night. Which is to say you can pretty much expect him to be done for the season.

Rivers had gone for a steal in the first half of the game and his hand jammed into the body of teammate Greivis Vasquez and that caused the fracture.

For the fist 50 games of this season, the No. 10 overall pick in the last draft had been bad. I mean historically bad. Before the All-Star Game Rivers was scoring 6 points a game shooting 35 percent on the season, 31.6 percent from three, and he was barely getting more assists than turnovers. The Hornets kept playing him under the theory he would improve, but it didn’t look good.

But in his last 5 games (10 really) he has started to show he’s learning from all those mistakes. He is averaging 8.4 points per game on 62.1 percent shooting, and his assist turnover ration is up to 2/1 in the last five games. He had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting against the Lakers before breaking his hand.

He may or may not make it back this season, but Rivers should be at summer league and spend the summer working out with the team trying to build on the steps he started to make at the end of this season. He’s still a project, this is just an interruption in the plan.

  1. lakerluver - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    This young fella should’ve stayed in college at least two seasons and maybe even three. Where is all the game he’s supposed to have?

    • money2long - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      it’s called his rookie season.

      • thestudiokida - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        His so-called rookie season ranks amongst the worst all time in the NBA. Not just worst rookie season, worst ever.

      • money2long - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        so-called rookie season? i’m sorry i thought it was his for-sure rookie season. he is a rookie. this was his first season.

  2. thestudiokida - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    I bet the Hornets go on a winning streak.

  3. lakerluver - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    @money2long
    What, because he’s a rookie you can’t tell if he’s a good player or not? Maybe you can’t but I can, Rivers is not very good and was obviously vastly overrated.

  4. progress2011 - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    He plays guard and is

    1.Slow footed
    2.Shaky Handles
    3.Can’t get his own shot
    4.Shooting 37% from the field
    5. Shooting 55% from the Free Throw line
    6. He is fragile physically (even in college)
    7. Appears soft mentally

    This guy is “TURRIBLE” !!!

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