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Austin Rivers sprains ankle

Updated: October 23, 2012, 11:29 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- New Orleans guard Austin Rivers said he expects to be ready for the start of the regular season after the Hornets rookie sprained his right ankle in a preseason game Monday night.

Rivers did not return after he landed awkwardly on a layup attempt in the second quarter of the Hornets' 87-74 loss to Dallas. The Duke product, the 10th overall pick in this past summer's draft, had X-rays on his ankle and those came back negative.

New Orleans coach Monty Williams said Rivers ...

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