In the first half of last night’s win against the Detroit Pistons, Patrick Beverley had to leave the game with a hand injury. Later in the night the Rockets announced that Beverley will reportedly miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured fourth metacarpal in his right hand. In all likelihood it will be closer to six weeks than four.
This is Beverley’s second injury this season after injuring his ribs earlier this season. Beverley was averaging 9.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and 2.2 apg in 25 games this season. Beverley was shooting 42% from the field but was recently heating up, shooting 55% (20/36) in his last five games. What the Rockets will miss most is his tenacity on the defensive end. Beverley has been a factor defensively in games against Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry and the Rockets will have to be without him against Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, and John Wall among others.
With Beverley out at least a month and likely more, the Rockets recalled Isaiah Canaan from their D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley, according to Fox26’s Mark Berman. Canaan has been outstanding in 12 starts for the Vipers, averaging 21.7 ppg, 9.2 apg, and 4.3 rpg, while shooting 44% from the field and 38% from beyond the arc. Though the Rockets preferred to keep Canaan in the D-League for most of the season, the Rockets guards have been littered with injuries all season and they need a healthy alternative familiar with the system.
Jeremy Lin is expected to start in place of Beverley. Lin hasn’t played since December 13th against the Warriors but is expected to be back in time for tomorrow’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Aaron Brooks will continue to come off the bench and provide a spark off the bench. Canaan will likely be active with both Lin and James Harden banged up with various injuries.
Damn this sucks…….. Gotta get my left hand right. #Grind
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) December 22, 2013
— Isaiah Canaan (@SiP03) December 22, 2013