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Injuries Continue to Impact Beverley
Beverley missed the end of the 2014-15 season after suffering a wrist injury but came back this year for his fourth season with the Rockets. He has never played in more than 56 games in a season.
He averaged just 5.6 points and 2.9 assists per game during his rookie year but increased his scoring average to 10.1 points last year—while dishing out 3.4 assists per game—before suffering the wrist injury.
The Rockets fired head coach Kevin McHale early in the season, but Beverley was excited to play for interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, per Feigen (via Darren Yuvan of the Dream Shake). "I'm very excited," he said. "Everybody knows me and J.B. have a relationship as an assistant coach. We talk about everything. It's going to be an honor to play for him."
Most fans know the former Arkansas Razorbacks star not for his numbers, but for being the player who injured Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook during the first round of the 2013 playoffs. While Westbrook was trying to call for a timeout in Game 2, Beverley lunged at the ball, injuring Westbrook's knee and knocking him out for the remainder of the postseason.
Beverley came off the bench at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign, but the Rockets elevated him to a starting role after the first few weeks of the season.