The LA Clippers had an injury scare on Friday night when they took on the Los Angeles Lakers. Guard Austin Rivers exited the game midway through the third quarter with what looked like a potentially serious Achilles injury. He was not available for comment after the game, but left the locker room and the arena on a pair of crutches. Thankfully, however, the MRI conducted the following morning came back negative for a tear or any structural damage, and Rivers was given the ‘day-to-day’ tag with a return against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night questionable. He was quickly ruled out against the Hornets, and was seen walking back in the locker room without crutches or a limp. Rivers spoke with members of the media after the game where he explained what the issue with his Achilles was. “I’ve never had any problems with my Achilles prior, so I didn’t know what to expect,” said Rivers. “The pain that I was feeling right away just scared me because I couldn’t walk on it. I just hoped and prayed it was nothing serious and turns out I have a muscle back there that keeps getting jammed, so it’s causing me not to be able to walk on it. They unjammed it though.” Rivers suffered the injury defending Brandon Ingram late in the third quarter. Teammate Sam Dekker came to help on an Ingram drive, and Rivers lost his footing a bit when stepping on Dekker’s foot. Rivers lost his balance and fell to the floor with his right foot making an awkward move that appeared to extend Rivers’ Achilles. He immediately bounced back up to his feet to get back to defending only to find out that he couldn’t move or put any weight on his right foot.
Clippers’ Austin Rivers details scary feeling, pain immediately following Achilles injury
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