Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers is set to be sidelined for four to six weeks after breaking his left hand.
Rivers suffered the injury shortly before he was ejected early in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 108-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 23-year-old was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in quick succession. He received his first technical foul for yelling “and one” before picking up his second technical foul just seconds later for arguing with the referee.
Initially, Rivers told reporters that he had a bone bruise as X-rays came back negative. However, upon undergoing an MRI, it was revealed that the he had in fact broken his hand.
Rivers’ injury is yet another big blow for a Clippers team who are currently without superstar Blake Griffin, who has been ruled out for four to six weeks after having two surgeries to repair his broken right hand. Griffin sustained the injury in a fight with Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi on January 23.
In the 46 games he has played this season, Rivers, who is the son of head coach Doc Rivers, is averaging 8.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists.