Apr 12, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) reacts after a shot during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 111-104. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Patrick Beverley Likely to Play in Game 2


 

 

Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley underwent an MRI on his right knee this morning, after re-injuring it last night in game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers. The knee sprain does not appear to be as serious as had been feared and Beverley is likely, though not guaranteed, to take the court in game 2 of the series on Wednesday night. The Rockets released this statement via the Houston Chronicle:

 

Patrick Beverley underwent an examination this morning with team physician Dr. Walt Lowe. The evaluation revealed no acute issues. Beverley is listed as day-to-day, but will likely be available for Game 2 on Wednesday.

 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sport, there is no new damage involving Beverley’s meniscus, which was torn on March 27th. This is all fantastic news for the Rockets, who have no skilled defensive guards past Beverley. It looks like he will be able to keep playing without missing any time.

However; his level of play is now in question. Will he be as quick? As energetic? Beverley’s trademark is his tenacity on the court, but it’s difficult to harass other players when your own body is harassing you. It is possible that Houston head coach Kevin McHale will temporarily bring Beverley off the bench to avoid further injury.

For the Trail Blazers, this means an easier job for Damian Lillard. Guarded tightly by Beverley, Lillard scored 31 points in game 1, despite the unfavorable defensive matchup. If the Rockets are unable to lock him down with a healthy Beverley, their chances to do so with a banged up one are drastically lower.

If Beverley is unable to play his allotted minutes at full pace, McHale may have to get creative with his lineup – something he is notoriously bad at. Regardless, this is set to be one heck of a series.

 

 

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  • jian

    The rockets should finish games with jeremy lin. He has obviously being the better player overall in game 1. Rockets clearly played better with lin on the floor. Beverley should be used for defense once in a while. But shouldn’t play when the game is on the line, and beverley should be used to change the tempo of the game.Harden’s shooting percentage is just unacceptable. Shooting 8/28 is just horrific. He needs to be more efficient with the ball. He chucks up way too many three pointers before penetrating. When he needs to get a quick last shot in over time, he screws up. He hesitates rather than get to the spot that he can make the shot. Harden is a good player but is not a kevin durant, dirk nowizki, lebron james level. He is a second tier superstar, not first tier mvp type of player. How does harden go 3/14 on three point shots, when it’s clear that his three point is not hot, he goes and chucks them up like crazy. But I can see harden taking the last shot over lin because harden is the star and makes more money while lin is the role player. Harden is more athletic than lin while lin is the smarter player. Harden needs to be smarter when he takes those wild shots, and needs to be a more skilled finisher during crunch time for the rockets to go deep in the playoffs.

    • Kenny Newhouse

      He shot a ball over the backboard. He is not a better option. Go blazers!

      • jian

        He shot a much better percentage than Harden, and when he is on the floor the rockets were better. Do you even know basketball, the job of the point guard is to set up the plays and know how to space the floor. And Lin does that excellently. He is the smartest player on the rockets.