Austin Rivers plans to play in Game 2 vs. Warriors after missing Game 1 with stomach virus
Houston Rockets combo guard Austin Rivers plans to play in Game 2 of the team’s second round series against the Golden State Warriors.
Rivers didn’t play in Game 1 due to a nasty stomach virus he was dealing with. The Rockets lost Game 1 by a final score of 104-100.
Austin Rivers said he will play tomorrow. “I’m playing for sure.” Yesterday? “I thought I was going to die.”
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 29, 2019
The Rockets signed Rivers on Dec. 24 after he was waived the Phoenix Suns. The 26-year-old was a great pick up for Houston during the regular season. The Rockets are hoping Rivers can help them win Game 2, which is on Tuesday.
In 47 regular season games with the Rockets, Rivers averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. The former Duke star shot 41.3 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Rivers averaged 6.2 points in Houston’s first round series win against the Utah Jazz. He’s a player who can get to the rim at will and create his own shot, something the Rockets need to defeat the Warriors. Other than James Harden and Chris Paul, Houston doesn’t have any playmakers on the roster, so getting Rivers back for Game 2 will be huge.
All things considered, the Rockets played well in Game 1 and only lost by four. We’ll see how they come out in Game 2 with Rivers back in the fold.
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