The preseason injury news just keeps coming.
Rockets guard Patrick Beverley might need to go under the knife to relieve knee discomfort, according to ESPN’s Calvin Watkins.
As Watkins notes, Beverley, who is the expected starter alongside James Harden despite the two essentially swapping positions for new coach Mike D’Antoni, has missed the last four preseason games for the Rockets with knee problems. Watkins adds that D’Antoni doesn’t expect Beverely to ready for next Wednesday’s opener against the Lakers even if surgery isn’t needed.
For a team expected to right on the edge of playoff contention, losing one of their key defenders could put them behind the 8-ball in early pursuit of banking wins for the 8-seed.
Losing the 28 year old for any amount of time would force Houston to use even more minutes on below-average defenders, which might be particularly harmful as Clint Capela will surely experience growing pains as he role grows in replacing Dwight Howard.
Beverley is no stranger to missing games, having played 71 games last year, which was actually a career-high by far. Before that, he hadn’t played more than 56 in his first three years.
Like clockwork, Beverley posts annual averages of 10 points, three assists, three rebounds and above average three point shooting. On the bright side, the Rockets did manage to go 6-5 without him last season.