It appears as if Patrick Beverley will be out a little longer than both he and the team expected. After Wednesday night’s game, Beverley tweeted he’d be back playing on Friday night. Today, the team announced that Beverley is expected to miss 10-14 days with a partial tear of his midsection.
With Beverley out, Jeremy Lin will take over the starting point guard role. Lin was expected to be the starter heading into the season but Beverley earned his spot with a strong preseason. Aaron Brooks, who was kept on the team after being a potential preseason cut, is expected to backup Lin in the next two weeks. Brooks played 11 minutes in Beverley’s absence in the preseason opener against the Bobcats and failed to score any points. Lin received stitches in his chin after being cut during Wednseday’s opener, but is expected to be 100% by tonight. Rookie Isaiah Canaan will likely dress for the game but should not receive much playing time. The Rockets play four games within the next five nights so it’s possible Canaan receives some playing time over the next week.
Beverley’s absence is an underrated loss to the Rockets. Beverley was a perfect fit with the starting lineup and is one of the best defensive point guards in the league. Both Lin and Harden leave something to be desired on the defensive end though they shouldn’t miss a beat on offense. With Beverley out, the Rockets will be forced to be without their key defender against the likes of Chris Paul (twice), Damian Lillard, and Jose Calderson over the next two weeks. The Rockets need some big time minutes from Aaron Brooks as he will be responsible for leading the second unit.
The injury is expected to keep Beverley out for the next two weeks but Beverley thinks it will shorter. The team is taking precautions with Beverley and wants to make sure he can be back at 100% before coming back onto the court.
The Rockets face the Mavericks tonight at 7:00 PM.