August 1, 2020, 1:00 amAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers chipped in 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and one steal in Friday's OT win over the Mavs.
The Rockets rode their starters hard in what could be considered an important game for seeding purposes vs. a team that was just a handful of games behind them in the Western conference standings tonight. Rivers will need more minutes and more usage before he can be considered as a pick-up in deep restart leagues.
July 26, 2020, 7:00 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
While Austin Rivers is set to clear quarantine on Tuesday, he's unlikely to play in that night's scrimmage finale.
Rivers was at least able to play in Houston's first scrimmage before leaving the bubble to attend to a personal matter, so he won't be coming in totally cold when the season restarts. He might be worth a shot in DFS if Russell Westbrook or James Harden end up sitting out one of the eight games on the schedule but that's it as far as fantasy appeal goes.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
July 25, 2020, 1:21 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers revealed that he has returned to the NBA's Orlando bubble on Saturday.
Rivers was reported to have left the bubble on Friday for a personal matter but it's good to see that he's already back. This shouldn't affect his availability for the real games, not that it will impact your fantasy decisions.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
July 24, 2020, 11:13 amAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania,
Austin Rivers has left the Orlando bubble due to an urgent family matter.
There's no specific details about why Rivers left but Charania reports that he's expected to head back to Disney this weekend. However, the Rockets' first seeding game isn't until July 31 so Rivers will have a week to get back. In the meantime, Ben McLemore should get some more playing time.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 11, 2020, 4:01 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers delivered top-285/270 (8/9-cat) fantasy value in 2019-20, operating as one of the eight consistent members of Houston's rotation.
Rivers bounced back as a deep threat, hitting 35.8% of his long bombs this year after shooting 31.8% in 2018-19, but differences in volume meant his overall output stayed put at 1.4 triples per contest. While Rivers did manage a big season in his last with the Clippers, that was mostly a factor of the team's huge injury list. Two years removed from those favorable circumstances and it's clear that Rivers shouldn't be viewed as much more than a streaming option when Houston's big dogs aren't playing.
May 2, 2020, 8:00 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers said in a Facebook Q&A with Craig Ackerman that over the last couple of years, interest in coaching has continued to grow.
There's no secret that Rivers is the son of famous coach, Doc Rivers. That said, he admitted that coaching was not something that interested him prior to the last couple of years. He had always seen himself more in the business side of things – either as a player agent, GM or president. Rivers is only 27 years old and should have more than a handful of seasons left in his NBA career. However, he does have the pedigree and increased interest could be the missing piece in what could be a promising career on the bench.
February 26, 2020, 11:41 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting with three assists and four triples in 25 minutes as the Rockets beat the Grizzlies 140-112 on Wednesday.
Rivers took advantage of the blowout and was able to get his stats. He's too inconsistent to trust as a streamer and can be left on the waiver wire outside of 20-team leagues.
February 7, 2020, 11:34 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers got some extended run in Friday's blowout loss to the Suns, finishing with 14 points (3-for-10) shooting, three triples, three rebounds and a block.
Rivers got extra minutes with Russell Westbrook resting and Eric Gordon leaving the game with a leg injury. It was ultimately a forgettable experience for him and his teammates. Ben McLemore also played 25 minutes and scored 13 points (5-for-10 shooting), one riple, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
February 7, 2020, 10:35 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (leg) won't return Friday against the Suns.
Austin Rivers started the second half in his place and figures to benefit the most from a Gordon absence of any length. That being said, the Rockets' entire roster consists of guards and small forwards so it's anyone's guess.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
February 5, 2020, 9:31 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook (left thumb) is listed questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Lakers.
Westbrook injured his left thumb towards the end of Sunday's game and had to miss Tuesday's contest. He looks like he is trending in the right direction and shouldn't miss more than one more game at the most. Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore and Austin Rivers would see more value if Westbrook is out with Gordon being the preferable option.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 4, 2020, 6:28 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore will start in place of Russell Westbrook (left thumb) for Tuesday's matchup against the Hornets.
Ben McLemore is looking at a great opportunity in the starting lineup for this one, while Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon should see more minutes and usage off the bench.
Source: Craig Ackerman on Twitter
January 27, 2020, 11:46 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers started on Monday and scored a season-high 21 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two triples.
Rivers drew the start and was in attack mode from the beginning. He was comfortable out there as the main pick-and-roll ball handler, seeking out mismatches and attacking the rim. His fantasy value dips back to irrelevancy when either Russell Westbrook (rest) or James Harden (thigh) return, but his streaming appeal is there when either sits.
January 27, 2020, 7:50 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela (right heel contusion) is now listed as out for Monday's game against the Jazz.
In addition to Capela, the Rockets will be without James Harden (left thigh contusion) and Russell Westbrook (rest). Eric Gordon, Danuel House and Austin Rivers will all start and have the potential to launch a bunch of threes.
Source: Michael Shapiro on Twitter
January 27, 2020, 4:43 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook will be held out of Monday's game for rest purposes.
Westbrook has been sitting out one half of back-to-backs, so this isn't surprising. Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers should get all the minutes they can handle against the Jazz.
Source: Houston Chronicle
January 27, 2020, 3:36 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
A Rockets source said that "it would be surprising" if James Harden played on Monday due to a bruised left thigh.
Harden was already listed as doubtful for the game against the Jazz. This is nothing too serious, but Austin Rivers got 34 minutes on Sunday and should be in line for a similar boost in court time.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter