Austin with the career high last night!
It will take time, but I think the encouraging thing is none of those problems are untreatable. He can work on the hitch in his shot, he can put on muscle, and he will learn to trust his instincts the more he plays.
I missed my son my boy Rivers score 24. I knew i shouldnt have fell asleep last night. Was he going off
He scored 19 in the first half and then just... didn't do anything in the second. His last 5 points all came in garbage time. The crowd was happy, though, since it got them free fries.
It looked like in the second half he couldn't really get into his comfort zone to make the same shots so the offense kind of deferred from him.
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Rivers had one possession where he was just making his man look silly trying to stay in front, and Rivers just pulled up and drained the mid range look. If he has that, the skys the limit. His shooting stroke looked a little quicker last night. That weird hitch where it looks like he shoots on his way down was gone.
It was promising, but I'm really on expecting 10/4/2 lines from for most game, and I'll be happy with that.
Indeed. Its pulling up from mid-range that will be golden for him. If he doesn't take the 3 teams knew he was coming to the rim. If he starts pulling up and knocking down the mid?
...let's see how he does tomorrow. Another big matchup.
Really happy to see this game from him. We know that wins and losses are second priority here; top priority is watching our young guys develop and seeing if they can build confidence. I think he's getting there. I don't expect 27 points a night, but I can definitely see him hovering in the low 10s consistently for a bit, which is better than the goose eggs he was laying.
EDIT: Here it is:
http://www.nba.com/hornets/blog/horn...ets-102-121412“He’s starting to get some confidence,” head coach Monty Williams assessed. “This is what we thought he could do. He scored the ball from many areas – driving the ball, knocking down threes. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t complement that win a win. He works at it. He’s been through a tough time. Most people thought he would come out of the gate and be Austin Rivers from Winter Park (his high school in Florida). But he’s starting to find his areas. Coach (Dave) Hanners and Coach Fred (Vinson) have helped him with his shot, staying balanced. He’s been working at it. I look for him to do more of this.”
Also, during the halftime interview, can't remember which assistant coach it was, but he basically insinuated that Rivers has a crazy work ethic, so it's no surprise to him to see Rivers drop 19 in the 1st half and see how far his shot has come.
Last edited by nolaslim213; 12-15-2012 at 01:54 PM.
Rivers used to extend his leg out on his long range attempts, doesn't do that anymore.
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I really like Austin and it makes me feel validated that I saw the same "flashes" early on that Monty and some of ya'll talk about. You can't teach some of the things he does. He does things that a Vasquez or a Darren Collison (for example) couldn't do in a million years. The rest should come with great coaching, his strong work ethic, and some seasoning.
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his hesitations and pull up jumpers are money $$$
22 games into his rookie season and already Rivers is showing improvement and consist scoring the past couple weeks. I said this at the beginning of the year, when this season is over, compare his stats to Harden's rookie year. I'm not saying he will definitely be as good as Harden, but IMO I think he has the skills to be. Future is looking bright with our 2 rookies.
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