Beverley Out, Lin Back As Starter

HOUSTON – While social media buzzed and fans on both sides of the Pacific debated and fretted all through the preseason about which player would be named to the Rockets’ starting lineup, all coach Kevin McHale kept saying was he was just happy to have two point guards quite capable of doing the job.

Now he’s relieved.

Season opener starter Patrick Beverley will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days with a partially torn muscle in his midsection that occurred in the first half of Wednesday night’s win over the Bobcats.

Beverley’s injury means Jeremy Lin returns to the starting lineup and moves veteran Aaron Brooks up to first man off the bench.

Beverley said at Friday’s shootaround that he and the team were taking a cautious approach and that he’d be in the lineup if this were the playoffs and not simply the second game of the regular season against the Mavericks.

Lin scored 16 points in 31 minutes off the bench in the opener even though he was banged up himself and was forced to leave the game briefly to have three stitches put in his chin.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate and we need Pat,” Lin said. “We need Pat to play at a high level if we want to be the team we want to be.

“Same mindset, just going to keep playing hard. At the end of the day, he’s going to play, I’m going to play. It’s still about how you play when you’re out there.”

While the Beverley-Lin competition for the starting job caused considerable debate among fans through training camp and the preseason schedule, it was hardly a contentious issue within the team or the Rockets organization.

The belief is still that Beverley’s more aggressive and physical style of play allows the Rockets to set a better defensive tone at the start of games and then Lin can more readily take advantage with his free-styling offense with the second unit. But Lin did start all 82 games last season and was sharp against Charlotte, hitting five of seven shots from the field, including 2-for-2 on 3-pointers.

All of the back-and-forth is merely fodder that keeps embers of social media glowing at a time when there is no real fire of debate. The truth is that when they’re healthy, Beverley and Lin can make an effective tandem for the Rockets at the point that gets the most out of both of their talents.

“Things change so fast,” Lin told the Houston Chronicle. “Just keep playing, stay focused on what you’re doing, what you’re supposed to do. For me, we were communicating throughout the whole process. They explained to me what made more sense. At the end of the day, we’re all going to play. I’m going to play, he’s going to play. As long as we play well when we’re out there on the floor, I think our team has a high chance of winning.”

31 Comments

  1. Lin has had a pretty good start on the seson 16 pts vs charlotte 22(I think) vs utah on very effecient shooting.

    I saw some turnover comments regarding Lin.

    If I would call someone on the rockets turnover machine it would be Howard, That guy fumbles the ball on every post drive, very sad to watch. When will he learn how to postup?

  2. JJ says:

    “I dont always eat Donuts before games, but when i do; I make sure I am playing the Rockets”
    -Ray Felton
    Stay Hungry my friends…..

  3. FOOLS says:

    Lin is generating revenue that’s the truth.

  4. The Truth says:

    When a PG drop 38 on the Western Champ Spurs 38 points and 38 on the Lakers on his first 60 games, and had multiple 20+ games, then can you only compare to Lin. The rest are garbage arguments.

  5. Stephen says:

    Got to keep your Asian demographic tuned in, right?

  6. round says:

    I think there are multiple factors to consider when figuring out a player’s payroll. Jeremy lin is a decent player but most importantly he fills up the arena like a MVP, which is clearly enough to cover his part of payroll. Beverly is not better than Lin in any way, i think Lin should be starting”’ but hey that why there is McHale i guess,.,

  7. Will says:

    @Jay, think Russell Westbrook. Playoffs last year.

  8. Tony says:

    Houston got to settle down by removing the head coach……….

  9. Rosesrred says:

    Lin is approaching this with a good attitude….good for him.

  10. bodjee says:

    As long as nobody else’s pocket is burnt other than that of the Rockets, this matter is considered over, done, finito! The team is Houston Rockets and Mr. McHale is the juggler. Sit back and enjoy the show! :)

  11. Rocketsfan says:

    I have good seats for a game next month. Hope Jlin is in the starting lineup.

  12. Linsanity88 says:

    Lin is worth every penny Because of the revenue he generates from the gate at every city he goes, jersey he sells and the coverage Houston gets because of him. Houston already has an asian following from Yao, now they can cont with Lin. Go Lin! Sixth man of the year!! Lol

  13. Jay says:

    What karma? What did Patrick Beverly do? Did he force his way into the starting spot and go behind Jeremy Lin’s back? No. McHale chose him as a starter because Beverly has better defense and Lin needs to dominate the ball and he can’t with Harden needing the ball in the first unit. It makes sense.

  14. John says:

    @fly … it’s call time value of money. A dollar today is not worth as much as a dollar back in MJ’s day. Have you no financial sense?

  15. Tommy says:

    Why are people bringing up Lin being overpaid? Look at the numbers and the fine line: He is getting paid MID-EXCEPTION level money. Also factor in how his contract is structured. Smh. He was playing last season while still recovering from a knee surgery. This preseason and especially in the 1st game, he appears to be healthy and got his quickness and burst back (Same with D.Howard). People fail to realize that Lin’s quickness on fast breaks and to the rim are one of the quickest in the league (right behind John Wall and Kemba Walker).
    And how can anyone compare contracts now to contacts 10-20 years ago? Um, add inflation, and ugh .. factor in how sports agents play an increasing roles these days.

    • justsayin says:

      Rose n Westbrook are surely quicker too. And probably Wall and Kyrie. And CP3 and T Parker… Rondo….

      Damn this league is blessed with some awesome pg. Wish I could see guys like Magic – Stock – Payton – Iverson match up with these young bucks today.

      Not dissing Lin though – considering his inexperience he’s shown tremendous upside.

  16. Kharma is here says:

    @Patty – Don’t just be a blabbermouth. Jlin is worth every pennies. If Htown did not get Jlin and OAsik, Htown will still be at the bottom pit of the W. Conference. PBev is now paying for his kharma.

  17. C'mon Man says:

    @Patty – SSDD, lay the overpaying comment to rest! It’s done, it’s not like you contributed to the “let’s get a PG fund”! I’m no Jeremy Lin fan, but it is what it is. Just accept it like Jeremy is accepting is role. Go Rox,,,

    • Fly says:

      In all fairness. How can we lay off the overpaid issue when Lin made twice as much money last season as Michael Jordan did the season he led his bulls to their third straight NBA title? I wish GMs today would stop throwing money at talentless hacks like that turnover-machine Jeremy Lin!

      • Klvtch says:

        To Fly, Are you kidding me? You don’t know what you are talkin about, son. Get the fvk out of here.

      • not so fly says:

        @fly Currency Infrastructure maybe u freakin moron

      • U funny says:

        …You have got to be kidding me…and btw J-lin averaged around 2 TO last year (not too bad for someone who handles the ball as a PG).

      • White Mamba says:

        I bet you didn’t know… Cause I’m tired of hearing “Turn-over Machine” like it was New York days.

        Based on NBA Statistics: Min 1000 possessions, Jeremy Lin was last in league in Turnover Percentage. He turned the ball over 18.6% of his possessions #DeepStats. So please, Lin doubters… get a life.

      • kek says:

        How much did jordan make? I bet he made 1,5 – 2 million? almost every player in the nba makes that kind of money, so dont play that jordan card.

  18. Nick says:

    !0 to 14 days or games?

  19. Patty says:

    LIN IS NO STARTER. HE IS GETTING PAID TOO MUCH IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    • U funny says:

      You obviously know close to nothing about basketball. Not every team can have a chris paul or derrick rose buddy. The starting pg just has to be the best point guard on the team. I hope I have taught you something today.

  20. mark says:

    Brooks didn’t shoot at all in the first game. I expect Lin to play 36 minutes and Brooks to play 12 minutes. Brooks will take some shots this time, though.