Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly left Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Heat with a groin strain, and did not return. The injury is not expected to be serious, and with Houston not playing until Feb. 23rd, he also isn’t expected to miss any games.
Beverley played 13 minutes in the Rockets 117-109 loss to the Heat before the injury occurred on a drive to the basket. He came out of the game quickly after, and did not return for the night.
Patrick Beverley didn’t return last night after suffering a groin strain, but the #Rockets believe it is minor, may just miss this week.
— Inside Injuries (@InsideInjuries) February 17, 2017
Not the first time that Beverley has had a groin injury, as he suffered a similar injury in 2015. However, it doesn’t seem to be a repetitive injury or a chronic issue. With that being said, he has suffered numerous injuries throughout his five-year career, only appearing in more than 50 games once (last season he appeared in 71).
The Rockets have been off to a great start under first-year Head Coach Mike D’Antoni with a 40-18 record at the All-Star break, the third-best record in the Western Conference and in the entire league. While D’Antoni might have shifted James Harden to the point guard position, Beverley still is a starter and plays 30 minutes per-game, where he is shooting 39 percent from three-point range.
And to mention Harden, who is a legitimate MVP candidate, is leading the league in assist at 11.3 per-game and third in scoring to the tune of 29.2 points-per-game. And we cannot forget Eric Gordon, who is a leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. He, Beverley, and Harden have all formed a solid three-guard rotation for Houston.
Beverley, former second-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, Beverley, has carved out a niche as a tough on-ball defender, as well as a reliable three-point shooter. His toughness stands out among most of his intangibles, and has the reputation of picking up players at half-court. He even finds himself getting into scuffles on multiple occasions.
The 28-year-old veteran from Arkansas is enjoying a good season averaging 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assist over 44 games. While it doesn’t seem as if he will miss any time, Houston will certainty make sure Beverley is back to full health before returning.