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Report: Rockets’ Patrick Beverley will not need surgery, plans to return this season

Mar 31, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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A torn meniscus can come in a variety of severities and with a variety of treatment and recovery times.

Houston’s Patrick Beverley lucked out and his meniscus injury turns out not to be too severe, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

After suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will not undergo surgery and is expected to return this season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Beverley will be considered “week to week” on his return to the Rockets lineup, a source said on Monday afternoon. Beverly met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

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Beverley himself said he thought he would be back soon — he has 18 days until the playoffs begin if he wants to make that goal.

The Rockets will need him in the playoffs. Houston outscores teams by 9 points per 100 possessions when Beverly is on the court, and put Beverley in with the other starting five in (James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, Dwight Howard) and that group is 2.1 points per 100 possessions better on defense then when Jeremy Lin is with that group. Why that really matters is the Rockets likely face a jump shooting team in the first round (Portland or Golden State) with a strong point guard and they will need Beverley’s perimeter defense in that matchup.

The Rockets also will be without Dwight Howard for about 10 days as he rests an ankle that has been bothering him.

  1. 8to80texansblog - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Excellent news!

  2. timcast12 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    What a shame

    • au1978 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Hater.

  3. spursareold - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard a player’s timetable described as “week to week” before. Sounds like a dodge or hustle to keep the fans buying tickets, especially of the playoff variety.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler was declared as out “week to week” when he suffered a turf toe injury earlier this season.

  4. txmade06 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Good news for Rockets fans! Lin was outplayed by a second round rookie against the clippers the other night!

    • simonsays05 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Yeah, because Rockets fans are going to really PUMP THE BRAKES on buying playoff tickets because Beverley is hurt.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Ok. Next year is the last year of his deal, and he only counts $8 million against the cap. If he gets better, he’ll be kept long-term, and if he doesn’t get better, he’ll be let go at the end of next year.

      People always bring up Jeremy Lin as if he has an enormous, Amar’e-esque albatross contract. It was a 3-year deal that’s nearly 2/3 done. Lin’s had some good games for the Rockets, and even the best organizations hand out contracts they regret. For example, the Spurs gave Richard Jefferson a 4-year, $40 million deal that they began to regret almost immediately.

  5. timcast12 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Rockets aren’t going to make any noise in the playoffs anyways

  6. parlett316 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Patrick, if angry Oklahomans are you chasing you, just go to the one place they never go.

    The dentist office!

  7. onlyavoice - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    In other words, He needs surgery but The Rockets talked him out of it.
    Rehab, Injections & hope he can play.
    The Rockets asked that No questions be asked if playing will damage the knee further.

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