Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley aggravated his right knee in last night’s overtime period against the Portland Trail Blazers. The injury, which is being called a sprain for now, occurred when LaMarcus Aldridge set a hard pick in the backcourt, subsequently fouling out of the game. Beverley is scheduled for an MRI this morning to determine his status, but there is fear that he may be seriously hurt. Consider him questionable for game two of the series on Wednesday.
This is the same knee in which Beverley suffered a meniscus tear on March 27th. If Beverley is unable to play, Jeremy Lin will retake the starting role, for better or worse. Lin may not be as good as he was nauseatingly touted to be in the “Linsanity” days, but he isn’t much of a downgrade from Beverley on offense. It’s defense that poses a problem (or solution, depending on your fan affiliation). If Beverley misses any significant amount of time, the Rockets may not even be considered favorites anymore. He is their only backcourt defender of above average quality.
While it would be nice for Damian Lillard to have an easier matchup, we wish Beverley a speedy recovery. He might rub many of us the wrong way (myself included), but when the chips are down, injuries are the worst part of the game regardless of who accrues them. We will have an update on Beverley’s status when the MRI results are in. He is invaluable to this Houston team and his potential absence creates a hollow Portland advantage – not that the Rockets would be a picnic without him.
Beverley tallied 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists before fouling out in the overtime period. He reportedly required assistance from the training staff to make it back to the locker room.