Austin Rivers: Trevor Ariza and I ‘have no problems’ after talk

Trevor Ariza and Austin Rivers have buried the hatchet.

Rivers said Ariza reached out to him this week after Ariza led three Rockets players to the Clippers locker room after Monday’s game to clear the air about what went down.

“First and foremost, me and Trevor have no problems,” Rivers told ESPN Wednesday. “He called me. He reached out to me. Trevor and I talked and hashed everything out. He was really cool about being the bigger guy and calling me.”

Ariza and Rockets teammates Gerald Green were each suspended two games for trying to bust into the Clippers locker room after things got chippy on the court. Chris Paul and James Harden, who were with Ariza and Green, were not punished. Neither were any of the Clippers players.

“So I took offense to it. And he didn’t know what I said. So after the game he came in the locker room and his whole thing was, ‘What’d he say? What’d he say?'”

However, once the situation died down, Rivers said Montrezl Harrell set up the phone call between the two and Ariza apologized for overreacting.

It’s why developing a midrange jump shot would open up his game tremendously. It would give the Heat the flexibility of turning Adebayo into a power forward depending on the matchup, and it would put less pressure on him to become an elite rim protector because he could, in theory, play alongside a more traditional big man. (The Heat’s offensive rating in the 35 minutes Adebayo and Whiteside have played together this season? A horrifying 95.6).

There is a possibility Adebayo never develops a jump shot and never becomes the type of big man who can anchor a defense, but he’s already shown enough this season to believe he will get there one day. And if he does, there’s a strong chance he’ll go down as the biggest steal in the 2017 NBA Draft.

“We talk about putting your name on something,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “Those are all great opportunities for our club to fight for something. I thought they did.”

Rinne recorded his seventh shutout this season, tying Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy for most in the NHL. Rinne is 17-1-1 over his last 19 games, and this was the 50th shutout of his career. Rinne said the Predators’ stats are pretty remarkable over the last 30 games.
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