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Patrick Beverley fractures hand, out up to six weeks

Dec 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

D.J. Augustin, Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley, relative to an average starting point guard, is not crucial to his team.

He can run a decent offense, but James Harden handles the ball more for the Rockets. He can hawk the ball on defense, but Dwight Howard drive Houston on that end.

So, this news isn’t the end of the world, but make no mistake, this is a big setback for the Rockets. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Houston’s starting lineup has settled with Beverley, Harden, Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones, and the unit has been excellent together. In 245 minutes:

    • Offensive rating: 112.9
    • Defensive rating: 100.2
    • Net rating: +12.7

The logical successor while Beverley is out is Jeremy Lin. That is if can get healthy. He’s missed 10 of Houston’s last 12 games. Lin, via Feigen:

“Hopefully, I’ll be back Monday if there are no setbacks,” Lin said. “Just to get back in shape after having to sit, not do anything for a while, not even really being able to sit, let alone jog or run, it’s good to sweat again and get your body going.”Lin missed six games with a sprained a bruised knee and was just working his way back for two games before he went out again after running into a screen set by the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut, forcing him to miss all four games last week.

In the 40 minutes Lin has played with the Rockets’ other four starters, the results have been predictable. Houston plays much faster, scores significantly better, defends a lot worse and comes out behind.

  • Offensive rating: 118.3
  • Defensive rating: 116.3
  • Net rating: +2.4

As far as second options go, Lin isn’t bad. But that’s predicated on him being healthy.

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If Lin can’t go, Aaron Brooks is next in line. He’s played just 10 minutes with the other four starters – alert: small sample – but the results have been amazing:

  • Offensive rating: 133.6
  • Defensive rating: 86.6
  • Net rating: +47.1

If the Rockets use Brooks as their main point guard, those numbers will certainly worsen on both ends of the court. But that initial success offers at least hope they could get by with their third option.

Like I said, losing Beverley hurts the Rockets, but they’re relatively well equipped to handle it.

  1. houston1193 - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Houston is in trouble defensively. Beverley is probably the only good perimeter defender on this team. They may have to call up their rookie from the D-League (Canaan) since they’d only have Brooks and MAYBE Lin (if his back can heal) as point guards. It got so bad last night PARSONS had to play point guard last night!

    One more thing: I’m not impressed with Ronnie Brewer. His defense isn’t as good as people make it seem, and he is an absolute liability on offense. Teams can sag off him and basically play 4v5 since he can’t shoot.

  2. mdp44 - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Come on lakers fans, where’s ur predictable Howard bashing.

    • imakcds - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Don’t worry, Howard will be sure to stimilate more injections of truth, you’ll painfully find out.

  3. imakcds - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Most educated basketball fans, or even anyone with some semblance of intelligence, will stick to the subject matter, which, in this case is PG’s.
    So, I’m wondering why this author is referring to Jeremy Lin as some sort of emergency last resort back up, when his contract is befitting an all star.
    I strongly disagree that Lin is an emergency or a last resort.
    He is a darn good back up.

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