Patrick Beverley Injury: Updates on Rockets Guard's Knee and Recovery

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IApril 21, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, April 23

Adam Wexler of CSN has the latest on Beverley:

Updates from Monday, April 21

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the MRI results for Patrick Beverley's injured knee:

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The Houston Rockets suffered a gut-wrenching Game 1 overtime defeat at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers, and things only continued to get worse after the final horn. 

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: 

The team, per the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen later released an official update:

Feigen added details about when the injury occurred: 

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:  

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 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.