Austin Rivers expecting to adjust easily to new system
Houston Rockets talent Austin Rivers is not expecting to have many problems adjusting to his new team after pouring in 10 points in each of his first two appearances off the bench.
The 26-year-old was thrust into an immediate role upon signing with the Houston Rockets, making him an easy plug-and-play candidate due to a skill set that lends to the philosophy of threes and layups without any major adjustment.
“I’m going to get more comfortable each game,” said Rivers, according to Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic. “The only thing I focus on is my effort. It’s 1 thing that should never adjust. I play hard every night, it’s going to be an easy adjustment. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Rivers was traded to the Washington Wizards in the summer, only to be traded again, this time to the Phoenix Suns after the Dec. 15 deadline allowed him to switch places. The Suns promptly waived him after the deal was completed, salvaging only Kelly Oubre Jr. out of the deal for veteran swingman Trevor Ariza.
The Rockets pounced on the chance to acquire Rivers once Chris Paul went down to injury, giving them another capable hybrid guard to pair alongside James Harden and give them the offensive boost they expected to need with Paul’s extended absence.
So far, Rivers has shot 50 percent in both games and has been part of several scoring runs that have helped Houston win both games since his arrival, now riding a three-game win streak and winning eight of their last nine games.
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