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Clippers guard Austin Rivers out at least 2 more weeks with ankle impingement

By in Press Enterprise on January 5, 2018

By Elliott Teaford

LOS ANGELES — Upon further examination, shooting guard Austin Rivers has a right posterior ankle impingement and will be sidelined for at least two more weeks, the Clippers announced before Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center.

In layman’s terms, he has soreness in his heel and Achilles tendon area. Rest is the best treatment.

Rivers sat out for the third consecutive game after he was injured in the third quarter of the Clippers’ Dec. 29 victory over the Lakers. He could miss seven more games. The Clippers initially diagnosed the injury as a sore right Achilles tendon.

“It’s not the best news, obviously,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’ll be evaluated in two weeks, which doesn’t sound great right now. So, I think we’ll find out a lot more in a couple of weeks. Listen, this is what we’ve been doing all year. Someone else will step up for us.

“Because they have to. That’s what we’ve been doing and that’s what we’ll do.”

C.J. Williams started in place of Austin Rivers on Thursday for the second consecutive game. Williams, a 27-year-old rookie on a two-way contract, scored a career-high 18 points in the Clippers’ victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, their fourth consecutive win.

Rivers went to the sideline as power forward Blake Griffin returned from a 14-game layoff because of a sprained left knee. Meanwhile, small forward Danilo Gallinari continues to be sidelined by a torn left gluteus maximus muscle. There is no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Doc Rivers has had his full lineup healthy and available to play for only 1½ games. Point guard Milos Teodosic suffered a plantar fascia injury in his left foot in the first half of their second game of the season, an Oct. 21 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

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