The Rockets will lose starting point guard Patrick Beverley for at least three weeks as the player will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. The procedure is scheduled for early next week, Wojnarowski adds. Coach Mike D’Antoni was a touch more pessimistic in his prognosis, telling Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com that he expects to be without the guard for at least 20 games. If Beverley is indeed in street clothes for 20 contests, that projects to a return the first week of December.
Beverley has only appeared in one preseason game for the team this season as a result of the injury. A report last week from Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders suggested that the injury wasn’t too severe and that team doctors weren’t quite sure what the exact issue with Beverley’s knee was. The player then sought a second opinion and the result was surgery being recommended.
The loss of Beverley means that James Harden will slide over to the point guard spot and offseason signee Eric Gordon, who has an extensive history of injuries throughout his career, will be inserted into the starting lineup at shooting guard. Beverley, 28, averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in 2015/16 for the Rockets. Houston will certainly miss his tenacious defense during his absence, an area the team is already weak in, even when Beverley was in the lineup.