For 26 days, Austin Rivers rested his strained left hamstring. He had missed the last six regular-season games and the first four playoff games in the process so he could heal properly.
Then Blake Griffin went down with an injury to his right big toe in Game 3 against the Utah Jazz, and Rivers decided he had to return even if he wasn’t completely healed.
Rivers admitted that if it was still the regular season that he would not be playing. But he is, even starting Friday’s Game 6 at forward in place of Griffin.
“The recovery time really hasn’t been long enough for it to properly heal 100%,” Rivers said. “If we lose, the season is over...