Updates from Wednesday, April 23
Adam Wexler of CSN has the latest on Beverley:
McHale said Pat Beverley is good to go, not anticipating any limitations. #Rockets— AdamWexlerCSN (@awexler) April 23, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 21
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the MRI results for Patrick Beverley's injured knee:
Houston's Patrick Beverley will likely play in Game 2 on Wednesday, league source tells Yahoo. Met with team doctor this morning.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 21, 2014
Beverley suffered a blow to his injured knee in Game 1 against Blazers, but MRI showed no new damage, source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 21, 2014
Patrick Beverley, who fouled out in the extra period, suffered a right leg injury, and, according to SportsRadio 610's Sean Pendergast, the dynamic point guard's outlook doesn't sound promising:
Adding insult to injury, Patrick Beverley being helped back to the locker room by trainers, not putting any weight on his right leg.— Sean Pendergast (@SeanCablinasian) April 21, 2014
Beverley limped back into the tunnel then when he was in the back immediately got help. Didn't look good.— Sean Pendergast (@SeanCablinasian) April 21, 2014
The team, per the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen later released an official update:
Per Rockets: Beverley has a sprained right knee. Will have an MRI on Monday. Tore miniscus in right knee March 27.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 21, 2014
Feigen added details about when the injury occurred:
Beverley limped away after the moving screen was called on Aldridge with 1:04 left in overtime. He looked very concerned right away.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 21, 2014
Sunday marked just Beverley's fourth game back after missing two weeks with a torn meniscus that didn't require surgery, and, while the severity of this injury won't be known until Monday's MRI, it could be a brutal development for the Rockets.
Dwight Howard, via Feigen, talked about the injury to his teammate:
Howard sounded as if Beverley injury pretty serious. "It hurts all of us. We just have to step up here as a team and win it for him."— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 21, 2014
Beverley, who scored nine of the team's 120 points on Sunday night, isn't a go-to offensive option, but he brings endless energy and is the team's best defensive option on the perimeter.
Playing 38 minutes in Game 1, the former Arkansas star tallied four offensive rebounds, drew a technical foul on Robin Lopez and drew the sixth and final foul from the red-hot LaMarcus Aldridge in overtime.
The Columbian's Erik Gundersen summed it up perfectly:
If Beverley is on your team, you love him. If he isnt, you hate him.— Erik Gundersen (@blazerbanter) April 21, 2014
If Beverley is forced to miss any time—Game 2 is on Wednesday—Jeremy Lin, who logged 34 minutes on Sunday, will step in as the starting point guard.
The Rockets are fortunate to have such a capable backup, and James Harden does much of the ball-handling anyway, but it's going to be difficult to advance if they are without Beverley on the defensive end.