Austin Rivers’ hot hand helped lead the Nuggets into Game 3 defeating the Blazers on Thursday night.
With nearly six minutes left to decide, the score was tied 91-91. That was when Rivers heated up, down three seconds, scoring 16 of 21 in fourth.
Rivers’ explosion, along with a 36-point display from center Nikola Jokic, resulted in a 120-115 victory over the Portland Nuggets, leading the first-round playoff series 2-1.
After the game, Rivers reflected on the crucial playoff wins and the rocky road he took to the Nuggets.
“This game can make you feel the lowest in the world. I swear some nights you might feel very low,” he said. “And this game can make you feel good about yourself too. It̵7;s a beautiful game.”
a few months ago Rivers has left the NBA and is unsure of his playing future.
He spent the beginning of the season with the Knicks before being traded to the Thunder by deadline and then waiving. He lost his place in the rotation when the Knicks scored Derrick. point guard rose Rivers didn’t handle the bench particularly well. The Post’s Marc Berman reported that Rivers didn’t sit on the bench during game one.
On April 20, Rivers signed a 10-day deal with the Nuggets to add depth to their centre-back after losing star Jamal Murray to a torn ACL. contract with the team for the rest of the season
“I sat there for about a month and a half waiting for the phone to ring. i just believe in god talk to yourself Talk to God like, ‘What’s the plan? What’s going on?’” said Rivers. He added that the situation broke his heart.
“All the feedback I received was many teams like me But they don’t know what kind of character I am. And how can I be in their dressing room? My basketball abilities were never questioned. be the person i am which is even worse than before.”
Following the Nuggets’ third game win, head coach Mike Malone discussed Rivers’ time away from the league.
“The man sat at home for two and a half months waiting for the phone to ring. But it’s not loud,” he said. “It’s crazy to think about.”
Jokic added that Rivers “won the game” for Denver.
Game four of the first Nuggets-Blazers playoff round ends Saturday at 4 p.m. in Portland.