Austin Rivers Sprains Ankle Again
LeBron James twisted his right ankle, got kicked in the face and missed two dunks. Austin Rivers sprained his right ankle for the second time in four days, falling backward in highly awkward fashion.
Rivers’ issue at first looked quite serious. The No. 10 overall pick out of Duke in this year’s draft did not return after his ankle injury, one where he initially couldn’t put any weight on that side, then walked to the Hornets’ locker room gingerly but without assistance.
X-rays weren’t deemed necessary, but further evaluation was scheduled for Saturday. Rivers said via his Twitter account after the game that the ankle was “fine” and that he would be ready for the Hornets’ opener on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.
“When I see him go down like that, you always think the worst,” Hornets coach Monty Williams said. “He’s been able to come back from these kinds of injuries before. He’s walking around. He’s in the locker room. He wanted to come back into the game. … Just glad he’s OK.”