Austin Rivers in a 'tough spot' in rotation
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers has struggled to get playing time this season, and his coach admits that is a difficult situation for a young player to be in.
"He's just got to keep working," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams told the Times-Picayune Sunday. "It's a tough spot for a young guy, especially when you work as hard as he does.
Rivers has played just 25 minutes in four games thus far, while sitting out three full games. The Pelicans' guard depth has made it hard for him to find playing time, whereas injuries allowed him to find the floor as a rookie.
"We play the guys that are going to help us win," Williams continued. "That's the bottom line. I've got to do my job. So I can't worry about all that other stuff."
Rivers could see some more playing time moving forward, as he did Sunday against the Suns, when he logged 12 minutes off the bench in a 101-94 loss. Tyreke Evans suffered an aggravation of a lingering ankle injury Sunday, the extent of which is not yet known.