Houston could use the pesky on-ball defense of Patrick Beverley against the Warriors. They could turn him loose on Stephen Curry, put Trevor Ariza on Klay Thompson, and try to hide James Harden on Harrison Barnes.
After trying a second time on the eve of Game 1, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley couldn’t find the strength and mobility in his left wrist to believe there exists a chance that he can return in the Western Conference finals, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
“It’s a no-go for the series,” a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. “He’s done trying.”
This isn’t a shock; the Rockets had said he would not come back in the playoffs. Still, Beverley is a competitor and wanted to give it a shot.
Without him the Rockets face some serious matchup challenges this round — Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni are going to have to chase around the Golden State backcourt. Those guys are going to have to step up their game or the Rockets will be in serious trouble.
Rockets’ Patrick Beverley expected to remain out for Western Conference Finals matchup with Warriors
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.