Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers suffered a right Achilles’ tendon injury on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers and although an MRI showed just a sore Achilles, Rivers still remembers the pain and feeling associated with the injury.
Then, while he was being worked on by the Clippers’ medical and training staff before and during Sunday’s game, Rivers was able to become pain-free.
“It felt like a sharp knife had jabbed in my Achilles’,” Rivers said of the injury scare. “That’s why I was like, ‘This feels like something just tore or something.’ And when it jammed, it felt like something popped, so you feel a popping and a stinging in your Achilles’ and you can’t put no weight on it and you never having anything like that before, with your Achilles’, I’m sitting thinking like … I started getting emotional. That’s one of the worst things that you could have as an athlete these days. … But they came back with great news.”
“So I hoped and prayed that it was nothing serious,” Rivers said. “It turns out I have muscle back there that keeps getting jammed, so it’s caused me not to be able to walk on it. They unjammed it, though. We’ll have to continue to strengthen it. It’s not a problem.”
In fact, Rivers declared he will be ready to play on Tuesday
“I don’t know what they’re talking about, but I feel like I’m playing Tuesday,” Rivers said.