When the Rockets ruled Patrick Beverley out for the season after he suffered a torn ligament in his wrist that would require surgery, they probably weren’t counting on making a run this deep into the postseason.
Now that Houston has made it to the Western Conference Finals, however, observers began to wonder if Beverley might be healed in time to return to the lineup to bolster his team’s defense against a very good Warriors squad.
It’s not looking as though that’s a real possibility.
The Houston Rockets are operating under the premise that perimeter defensive ace Patrick Beverley, out since March with a torn ligament in his left wrist, is unlikely to play in the forthcoming Western Conference finals, according to league sources.
Beverley is scheduled to have his cast removed in coming days and says he’s hopeful of being cleared to play, but sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets are pessimistic about Beverley healing sufficiently quickly to return in this round against the 67-win Golden State Warriors. …
“Patrick is not going to get his pin out until June 4 or 5,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Monday. “I think it’s hard to play with a pin in your (wrist).”
Beverley is one of the league’s better perimeter defenders, and his skill set would certainly come in handy against a Golden State team that makes its living by taking a high volume of attempts from three-point distance.
The decision to have surgery was delayed while Beverley and the Rockets weighed their options. It was a serious step, and deserved to be carefully considered. But had it been done sooner, Beverley may have been available to pester Stephen Curry beginning with Game 1 of the series.