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

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Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) reacts to a referee call in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley had been dealing with left-knee irritation throughout the preseason and underwent surgery on Oct. 25, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

However, he will return on Thursday.

Continue for updates.

Beverley to be Active vs. Trail Blazers

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Beverley will return and start on Thursday against the Trail Blazers, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

Beverley Comments on Recovery

Sunday, Nov. 13

"Very close," Beverley said when asked about his potential return, according to Feigen. "I practiced yesterday. Very good, excited, can't wait to play, can't wait to get out with my teammates. I missed them a lot. I missed being on the road a lot. I missed team camaraderie a lot. I missed my guys a lot. I missed playing basketball. I missed competing. I will be back this upcoming week, for sure."

Beverley Unable to Shake Injury Bug with Rockets 

Beverley has been injury-plagued throughout his career. His 71 appearances in 2015-16 marked the first time he ever played more than 56 games in a single campaign.

The guard averaged 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game last season and stretched opposing defenses by hitting 40 percent of his three-pointers. 

He is particularly valuable for the Rockets on the defensive end, where he hounds ball-handlers and has the quickness to close on perimeter shooters. According to NBA.com, Beverley held opponents to a shooting percentage that was 0.2 percent worse than their normal averages when he defended them in 2015-16.

That is more impressive when considering he often guards some of the league's best perimeter players, such as Stephen Curry.

The Rockets frequently use James Harden , who has been playing point guard, to initiate the offense as a ball-dominant scorer and passer.

While the Rockets have the pieces to survive without Beverley, his return provides a boost to their perimeter defense.


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