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Report: Rockets’ Patrick Beverley has torn meniscus, could be done for playoffs

Mar 28, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

Houston’s starting point guard Patrick Beverley limped off the court early in the second quarter of the Rockets’ win over the Sixers and did not return after tweaking his knee. The team said he would have an MRI on Friday.

The results of that don’t look good, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Beverley, of course, was the player who collided last playoffs with Russell Westbrook tearing his meniscus and putting him out for the rest of the playoffs.

If Beverley is out for the playoffs this would be a blow to a Rockets team that has played well of late (won five in a row) and sees itself as on the cusp of contending.

Beverley starts over Jeremy Lin (who will get a lot more playing time now) because Beverley can space the floor from three (35.7 percent this season) and is a better defender. The Rockets outscore teams by 9 points per 100 possessions when Beverly is on the court this season. Put Beverley in with the other starting five in Houston (James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, Dwight Howard) and that group is 2.1 points per 100 possessions better on defense then when Lin is with that group (however Lin improves the offense by 1.6 per 100, so the net gain isn’t that much). Starting Lin also limits how much time he can have with the second unit, where he is a spark.

We will keep you up to date, but it looks like whatever the long term outcome Beverley will be out for a while.

  1. rufneklac5 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    I guess this is Karma’s way of getting back at Patrick Beverly for hurting Russell Westbrook in last years playoffs. Lol Go Thunder!

    • southsidegroovin281 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      You are a total D-bag for this comment.

      • chunkala - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Why is he a d-bag? He intentionally hurt a guy, then he got hurt, that’s called karma.
        Let’s hear your rationale.

      • southsidegroovin281 - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        You’re ignorant for actually thinking he injured someone on purpose. He made a move that happens all the time and it didn’t end well for Westbrook. They even replayed it and slowed it down for you morons. There was no malicious intent. So if you accidentally injure someone it’s a “karma” issue?? No! Get over it!

  2. aboogy123456 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Wow this is a huge injury. They have such a good defense built around Beverly at point, Parsons on the Wing, and Dwigh / Asik down low. I think they had a real shot to win it all but I think this takes them out of contention.

  3. txmade06 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Get well soon Pat! If pat misses the playoffs, I could easily see a first round exit for us! Nobody else on the rockets brings the toughness Beverly does! Time to earn that money Lin!

  4. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Karma to what bev did to Westbrook? Same injury.

  5. bballhistorian - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Now you know how it feels – Russell Westbrook

  6. miamiheatles - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    There goes my pick for the Western Conference Finals.

  7. bpayton216 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Swift Karma… that train’s never late

  8. csbanter - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    This is where Lin has to earn the money he’s being paid. The Rockets are going to be ok. Lin can play, he’s not the same player who looked scared to death playing against the Heat on national TV a couple of years ago.

    • chunkala - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      He won’t earn it, he sucks. Mr. Turnover.

      • TheZbabe - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        funny because Jeremy Lin actually averages just 2.5 turnovers per game while Harden’s 3.7.

  9. lazykiz - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Screaming karma and being happy about a player being shut down just screams irony.

    I hope he recovers quick considering the only thing Lin can defend is a log.

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Screaming Karma is all I see..Who in here is happy about it?

  10. padraighansen - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    I don’t know Patrick Beverly, so I cannot comment on what type of person he is. However, as a basketball player, there are two versions of Patrick Beverley: The very good on the ball defender who makes life difficult for opposing offenses to get penetration, get in rhythm, and execute their offense. And then there is the out-of-control Patrick Beverley, who tries way too hard to be the fly in the ointment, whose lack of self discipline has really affected his team – negatively – at times this season.

    The Rockets would be a very, very tough out with the good Beverley. But the Rockets are better off without the destructive Beverley.

  11. 3superman3 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    All u ppl screaming not to say karma are wrong. He deliberately went over after the play and injured someone. That’s just a whole new level of stupid. It doesn’t matter who he hurt but it was well after the play.
    I hope he does get better soon and he makes a huge diff for his team but don’t feel totally bad.

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      And did the same thing the Rockets first game against Russ back from injury. So I don’t feel bad for him. Just glad people’s knees across the league are going to be okay for the rest of the season.

  12. joeksnuffy - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer punk.

  13. reesesteel23 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    His 5 minutes of fame are gone…… that.

  14. joeksnuffy - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I was pretty upset when he injured Westbrook on a totally unnecessary cheap shot punk move last season. It’s not that I’m a huge Westbrook or OKC fan. I’m just looking at it from a moral aspect. Then the guy has the cajones to try it again this season in an earlier game with OKC. Westbrook was understandably furious, and a minor scuffle broke out. I would have given Beverly the benefit of the doubt if he showed remorse about the original incident that caused Westbrook’s injury. But, he made it clear he’s just a punk – a good basketball player, but a punk. Go ahead and give me thumb’s down on this opinion, but you’re all wrong.

    • eazyd289 - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      That was a move to try to steal the ball in which Russell Westbrook has done to the opposition on more than one occasion. But I wouldn’t expect someone who is bias on the situation to know this fact. Just because it resulted in an injury does not mean that was the intention. There was nothing wrong or immoral that Beverley did to Westbrook, he tried to steal the ball before Westbrook ever called a timeout when he got injured. This year however Beverley was trying to get in the head of Westbrook the last time they played the rockets. And it backfired. But the play on the injury was not foul.

  15. jimeejohnson - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Signed: Mr. R. Westbrook

  16. joeksnuffy - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Speaking of Lin, you have to check out the “Linsanity” documentary on Netflix. The game where he dropped 38 on Kobe gave me goosebumps. How can you not root for the guy. He’s a class act – the anti-Beverly.

  17. therealhtj - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    No longer the captain.

  18. rufneklac5 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    South side….
    1. Going for the ball when a player goes for a timeout by the bench is not a play that happens all the time

    2. Beverly’s second attempt at this same play this season proves malicious intent. Beverly is a punk and he deserves this karma.

    Have a nice day

  19. 1forest1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:30 AM

    For all the people who think beverly intentionally hurt westbrook, you guys are stupid. Just saying no considerate person would ever be happy after a player has gotten injured

  20. jbeagles23 - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    What he did to Westbrook does not happen all the time. Diving at someone knees for a steal actually rarely happens and then after finishing westbrooks season last year he tried it again

  21. rohlo - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    all the butthurt okc fans!! bev didnt try to hurt westbrook intentionally. he was makign a basketball play and you play till the whiste blows or you can get burned if you let your gaurd down… kevin durant did the same thing to chalmers in the finals vs the heat..chalmers was callign timeout and kd was up on him even while callign timeout!! get over it okc fans !! you all are just mad becasue your front office will look stupid forever for giving away james harden for peanuts! easily worst trade in nba history!! video below shows durant doign same thing bev did on westbrook hypocites!

    • joeksnuffy - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Just because Beverly didn’t intend to injure Westbrook doesn’t make it OK. It was reckless. Westbrook was obviously going to call a timeout. The odds of coming up with a steal in that situation are practically zero. It was just unnecessary and cheap.

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