Beverley loss would bite the Rockets

By Fran Blinebury, NBA.com


VIDEO: Patrick Beverley tears his right meniscus in Thursday’s win over Philly

HOUSTON – Spend $78.78 million for an All-Star shooting guard who might be the best in the business at closing games?

Check.

Spend $87.59 million for an eight-time All-Star center and elite rim protector to give yourself a potent 1-2 offensive punch?

Check.

Have all your best-laid plans for a below-the-radar run as a championship contender come undone because the player with the 13th-highest salary on the team goes down with a knee injury?

Uh-oh.

An MRI showed that Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley tore the meniscus in his right knee Thursday night against the 76ers.

The injury was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

“He has a torn meniscus, we’re not 100 percent sure how  bad it is or what action we will take,” his agent Kevin Bradbury told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “We’re going to get to the docs and determine what’s best for Pat and for the organization. We should have some clarity early next week.

“I would say out indefinitely until we know more.”

In a worst-case scenario, Beverley is through for the season. If the injury is not so severe and the rehab process can be sped up, he could return if the Rockets are playing in later rounds of the playoffs.

It was just 10 1/2 months ago when Beverley collided with Russell Westbrook in Game 2 of a first-round series at Oklahoma City. The result was a torn meniscus in Westbrook’s right knee that required surgery and eventually derailed the Thunder, who lost in the second round to the Grizzlies. Westbrook is still working to fully recover from that injury.

For a team that has ridden the All-Star exploits of James Harden and Dwight Howard to the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference playoff race, Beverley plays a critical role.

The 25-year-old Chicago native who was drafted and cut by Heat, then toiled overseas in Russia, puts significant bite into the face of the Rockets’ defense.

Jeremy Lin can step back into the starting lineup and give the Rockets offense, but he is not the tenacious, in-your-face type defender that the Rockets will need in the playoffs to go against elite level point guards such as Westbrook, Tony Parker, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry and Mike Conley.

While Lin is flashy and creative and can fill up the basket with points when he gets on a roll, it is the just plain down-to-earth toughness of Beverley that often stands out, especially in a backcourt where Harden does not especially like to play defense.

Coach Kevin McHale said it would be 7-10 days before the Rockets would know a timetable for Beverley’s return.

Beverley has played in 53 of the Rockets’ 71 games, missing time with a hand injury. He has averaged 9.9 points in 31.3 minutes while taking over the starting role from Lin this season, but it’s that defensive bite and overall toughness that the Rockets would miss most. Sometimes it’s the littlest pieces of the puzzle that are hardest to replace.

45 Comments

  1. OMG says:

    KARMA !

  2. RedNationSoldier says:

    As much as I am a fan of Jeremy Lin and Linsanity and his work, defense wins games and without Pat Bev, we aren’t deep enough at the 1 spot and ultimately not a championship contender this year. Lin is an offensive point guard and lacks in defense. Isaiah Canaan is another offensive point guard and hasn’t had much experience with the NBA’s elite point guards. Both of them need to significantly step up in their defense if they want to be a championship contender. We have tough point guard match ups whether were 3rd or 4th seed in Damian Lillard and Steph Curry.

  3. Linternational says:

    Don’t worry… Lin can takes it!! Even Lin might be poorer than Beverly in face-to-face defense, but Lin is a more intelligent player and has better EQ, it is one of the bigger role than f2f defense anyway

  4. sfdsadf says:

    Beverly isn’t even good, he gets lite up by the elite guards just like everyone else does, everyone just hating on Lin, and Lins states could even be better if he got more mins, his states are on par or even better then Beverly’s. Rockets aren’t using Lin to his full potential.

  5. Quran Muhammad says:

    He’s terrible

  6. OKC champions 2014-2024 says:

    okc is going to win for the next decade, harden should go back to okc coming starting in place of sefolosha.

  7. Bill says:

    Its a pity for Pat… He had a great year as far…

    Gilbert Arenas is playing in China… Maybe he would fit in Houston…

  8. bojtiwah says:

    coach McHale knew his team! that’s why he didn’t set up Lin as his starting five bcoz Beverly is BETTER than him…just very simple….Got it?

  9. Mateo says:

    Well, lets all hope and pray that Lin can step it up as a defender. If he can successfully do that, it’ll be worth all the money hes being paid and will greatly be vital to the Rockets play in the future. Heck, he may even take over the starting role

  10. peter says:

    SIGN BARON DAVIS

  11. Rory Ivey says:

    I hope Jeremy Lin shut up these Haters once again! Always finding a reason to discredit the guy….The guy is working on his defense and Beverly is no where on Lins level offensively-Lin can score twice as much in less than half the time off the bench. He scores at the right times and the team wins. Furthermore lin runs the offense much better that beverly. Beverly does not have that ability. Plus people like to say Jeremy Lin cant stop other point guards-well he is getting better and they can’t stop him either-so where is the loss. Lin can score profusely just like any other guard. The guy even went toe to toe with Kobe. It’s sad that it takes injuries like this to force the hand of the coach to let Jeremy play.. And when he does everybody shouts Linsanity as if he wasn’t always that good.

  12. Jerry Ladon says:

    Lol Beverly is not that good of a defender, in fact Lin has had better showing this season against Conley, Lillard & Parker than Beverly

    • Jorge says:

      Im sorry but I believe that Beverly is a great one on one defender. He also does a very good job getting in the paint and is a very aggresive player. That is what i like about him. I seen him play and he is a great defender in my opinion.

  13. Corbin says:

    Beverly is going to be missed for any time he is hurt, love the intensity he brings to the game! Get well soon Bev and go rockets!

  14. Max says:

    Houston has a great team, however, I personally do not believe D. Howard has the nerves to really play in a playoff. Hack a Howard and watch him sweat. Never goes after the ball, another players has to throw it up high, so Howard can dunk. Makes him feel so great about himself. But foul him a few times and his confidence will slide away!

  15. Bball7 says:

    Jeremy Lin helps the Rox offense flow a lot easier. They will get up and down in transition faster. JLin has also been working on his defense too!

  16. bojtiwah says:

    HARDEN plays SG,,,if he puts more pressure on DEFENSE then what’s his role anyway??he’ll be making below 10ppg..He’s not on defense but on offense, and he’s doing it well…SO JUST KEEP THE BEARD UP….

  17. jwt7000 says:

    With Beverley out of the season, I think it’s about time Linsanity needs to make a comeback.

  18. bojtiwah says:

    Lin is not a good defensive player unlike Beverly he’s better one…
    We will see how Rockets going w/o him…
    Could anyone explain why Rockets can’t defeat Clippers and OKC this season???where’s the GAP???

  19. Liz says:

    Maybe we can get Aaron Brooks back

  20. Chris says:

    Loosing Beverley is not an end of Rockets. If J Harden still NOT doing his share of DEFENSE. It is the end of Rockets at playoffs.

  21. okc2014 says:

    The Rockets will miss him more than I will. But injuries are part of sports.

  22. Rosenberg says:

    Using defensive rating or almost every team or individual defensive PPP Synergy statistic Jeremy Lin is a better defensive player than Beverly. Again it’s the biased EYE test that screws Jeremy over. Lin has SHUT down multiple elite guards this year while Beverly has been LIT UP all season long. Haters so wish Beverly is better on defense, just like they stupidly said Tony Douglas was better on defense than Lin last year to justify why Lin was benched in 4th quarters. Beverly is just another Felton or Shumpert, players totally overrated (in Felton’s case) or given false defensive credit (Shumpert’s case) because people want to constantly discount Jeremy Lin.

  23. jintzu says:

    Using defensive rating or almost every team or individual defensive PPP Synergy statistic Jeremy Lin is a better defensive player than Beverly. Again it’s the biased EYE test that screws Jeremy over. Lin has SHUT down multiple elite guards this year while Beverly has been LIT UP all season long. Haters so wish Beverly is better on defense, just like they stupidly said Tony Douglas was better on defense than Lin last year to justify why Lin was benched in 4th quarters. Beverly is just another Felton or Shumpert, players totally overrated (in Felton’s case) or given false defensive credit (Shumpert’s case) because people want to constantly discount Jeremy Lin.

  24. vytas says:

    no point in posting here if the comments are removed (even without any profanities)… sad

  25. JoeJ says:

    Rockets should sign Tyler Inman, the NAIA slam dunk contest winner, and teach him how to run point. Has anybody seen the footage from that slam dunk contest? The has mad hops and shoots 57 percent. he would probably be around 45 to 50 percent shooter in NCAA Division 1, which would still make him a good shooter. If you haven’t seen him yet, look him up.

  26. JoeJ says:

    people actually believe Beverley is good?..wow. his defense is terrible. he causes baskets from steals, but then gives them back up when he fouls. overly aggressive defense is fools gold. But I will say this, he is an average point guard that has been forced to play below average because James Harden wants to play the point position half of the time. Lin isn’t an elite player but he is an above average player that has been forced to play average because of Harden. I am a stats fanatic and a basketball fanatic. I’ve watched every single Houston game this year and the last. I know what’s really going on. do you?

  27. Michael says:

    What goes around comes around. Very deserving for the dirty player that he is.

  28. Carlo says:

    @ NORINGSNYC, Karma, Gman & weww: Watch out! Your hate will surely draw bad karma over you. It’s not my vow but, according to the karma rules you invoke, your next reincarnation – which could be close – will probably be as a bug.

  29. Carlo says:

    @ NORINGSNYC, Karma, Gman & weww: Watch out! Your hate will surely draw bad karma over you. It’s not my vow but, according to the karma rules you invoke, our next reincarnation – which could be close – will probably be as a bug.

  30. Sajjad H says:

    This is a terrible loss for the Rockets. Patrick Beverley is such an underrated player for us, and we’re gonna be feeling his loss big time. Beverley is that type of player that won’t wow you with his technical ability, but his level of toughness exceeds the norm, and his presence alone can bring up a team in a funk. We had so many times where our players were just sluggish and slow, and lacking any sort of speed and attack. Beverley came out and set the tone. Not to mention, he gives a huge fit to all opposition. People who call him dirty must be new-gen NBA fans. He doesn’t play dirty, he plays gritty and on the man. Not to mention the blame he gets for Westbrook’s injury. Absolutely pitiful of people, considering he didn’t intentionally injure the man. Haters will always hate, but hoping Beverley comes back as strong and fit as ever.

  31. Dustin says:

    For anyone to truly wish an injury to a player is just sad and pathetic. Pat Beverley is a true hard nosed, throw back player. He doesn’t complain and wears his heart on his sleeve every time he plays. I have nothing but respect for the man and wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.

  32. Hayden says:

    Karma? really went there huh. Well know this. Beverley walked off the court, didnt hobble, and doesnt blame anyone. There is a big difference in the character of the two. Bev is an undrafted player and gives some of the best PGs in the game something to take notice too. Beverley should be admired. But laugh while you can. Next up on the injury list will be Durant, mark my words. MARK …MY…. WORDS!!!!!!!!!

  33. Edub says:

    I bet people are going to say he deserved this. You guys just mad “fans” if you believe that he should be injured because he injured Westbrick on accident.

    • allaroundballer says:

      Karma? Won’t go that far, westbrook injury will hurt okc moooreee than beverley to rockets. Last playoff was accident man, but then again…it’s 100% dejavu! What can I say? Giving so much pressure to a PG in the second quarter of regular game, while he asked for timeout…that’s not necessary

  34. NORINGSNYC says:

    KARMA!

  35. Karma says:

    Karma is a b*tch sometimes, right Beverly?

  36. Gman says:

    KARMA

  37. weww says:

    im so happy he is injured. Karma will get you no matter what. god bless Russel Westbrook.

  38. I know says:

    Beverley was actually drafted by the Lakers and traded to the Heat.

  39. Gmo says:

    This is such a big loss for the Rockets. No one on that roster can come remotely close to being able to do what Beverley does on the defensive end. Specially in a conference where it seems that every contending team has an elite point guard, Rockets season is basically over ;(

  40. MJ23 says:

    “Jeremy Lin can step back into the starting lineup and give the Rockets offense, but he is not the tenacious, in-your-face type defender that the Rockets will need in the playoffs to go against elite level point guards”

    Silly Fran Blinebury, Patrick Beverley got burned every time he played those elite guards you listed. If anything, the Rockets just got better.

  41. Ben says:

    Well, this is ironic…

    On the other hand, Lin is a perfectly competent starting PG, and I still believe the Rockets can win with him at point. It’s just, I’m not sure how (even with Beverley) they really expect to have any hope of beating the Spurs in the second round since they haven’t managed it yet.

    • Perry says:

      Haha, they have won all games against the Spurs this season I believe, or they’ve lost one. But they are good against the Spurs.

    • Tim says:

      uh…Rockets are 3-0 against the Spurs this season…?