The Houston Rockets can breathe a sigh of relief now that team doctors have determined point guard Patrick Beverley will not need surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Beverley’s injury, sustained during Thursday’s victory against the Philadelphia 76’ers is similar to the injury that ended the 2012-2013 season of Oklahoma Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. There was much fear in the Rockets camp that Patrick Beverley would suffer a similar fate.
Beverley, in his second year with the team, has managed to earn the Rockets’ starting point guard position. He has also established himself as one of the best on-ball defenders in the NBA. Beverley’s hard-nosed approach to basketball has drawn both admiration and criticism from peers and coaches alike. His toughness is paramount to any serious run the Rockets are to make at an NBA championship.
Though no official time table has been set for Beverley’s return it is a reasonable expectation that the Rocket’s starting point guard will be ready for duty by the start of the playoffs. In his typical aggressive fashion, Beverley has vowed to return to the team in the regular season. Fortunately for Rockets fans, the Rockets brass understands that Beverly is much too valuable to the team’s playoff chances to rush him back from injury.