By Fran Blinebury, NBA.com
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HOUSTON – You can hold off all the doom and gloom talk about the end of Patrick Beverley’s season for the moment.
The Rockets point guard, who suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee on Thursday, will travel to Alabama to be examined by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday and is hoping for a relatively quick return.
“I’m gonna see the best knee doctor in the country,” Beverley said. “I talked to him on the phone. He seen it. It really looks good. We’ll see how long it lasts. Maybe 10 or 14 days, maybe four weeks. It just depends on he gets his hands on it and sees how it is.”
Beverley spoke to the media before Saturday night’s game at the Toyota Center with the Clippers as he was pulling a workout shirt and sneakers before heading to the weight room. He was upbeat and talking confidently.
“I feel pretty good,” Beverley said. “I just feel like I knocked knees with somebody. It hurt a lot the first day. I don’t really feel a lot of pain today, which is a good sign. No swelling.
“Like I said, I don’t feel a lot of pain. It’s always a great thing. No swelling is a great thing. It wasn’t in the same area where a lot of players tore their meniscus at. It’s a pretty solid area. I feel pretty confident about it. I’m about to go lift weights right now and get some work in.”
Beverley said at this point he wasn’t even considering having the meniscus removed, which is an often common procedure in the case of basketball players.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no,” he said. “No one’s gonna remove anything. We haven’t even discussed about surgery yet. From the looks of things, I don’t think I’m gonna have to get surgery. We don’t know. We have to go see Dr. Andrews Monday and for him to make his educated decision on it.
I know how my body reacts to certain things. I know how I feel right now. I fee great. I just feel like I banged knees with somebody. I feel like if I put on a brace, I’d be all right to play today. But we got to get his opinion and see how go from there.
“If I feel healthy, I’m gonna play.”
Jeremy Lin will be in the starting lineup while Beverley is out.