The last thing teams want to see happen in the final game of the preseason is for one of their players to go down with an injury. Friday night in Miami, the Hornets unfortunately witnessed exactly that.
Rookie guard Austin Rivers got the start at the two-guard spot against the Heat, but was forced to leave late in the third quarter after suffering an injury to his right ankle. Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayunehas the details:
Rivers appeared to get tangled within himself after slipping as Miami guard Norris Cole, who was guarding Rivers, ran past him. Rivers then fell backward, twisting the ankle again.
Rivers injured the same ankle Monday night against the Mavericks, so his start with such a relatively short turnaround — and with the regular season tipping off next week — was a bit of a surprise.
The Hornets are pretty thin at the two beyond Rivers and Eric Gordon, so things could get dicey there pretty fast if Gordon isn’t yet ready to go and this injury is anything serious.
UPDATE: Rivers tweeted after the game that it wasn’t as bad as it looked.
Thanks for all the support! Ankle is fine, freaky fall, but I will be alright and ready for the game Wednesday!
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
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