This close to the playoffs — with just a dozen games and three weeks until the postseason tips off — the Rockets are going to take their time before making a move that will end a player’s season.
Houston Rockets starting guard Patrick Beverley suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist, and further evaluation in seven to 10 days will determine if season-ending surgery could be necessary, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Beverley is going to see a couple more specialists before a decision is made. The Rockets are going to explore all other options before settling on season-ending surgery.
Beverley’s pesky defense is important to a team about to get Dwight Howard back on the court and are looking to shore up that end of the floor before the postseason.
In the short term, Jason Terry will start at the point guard spot (the team is 6-0 when he has started this season).
The bigger news is the return of Dwight Howard to the court for Houston. But the loss of Beverley is something that could come back to bite Houston in the postseason — in a Western Conference loaded with quality point guards Beverley’s defense will be sorely missed. If the playoffs started today, the Rockets would draw Tony Parker and the Spurs. That could shift, and they might draw the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul, or Portland and Damian Lillard. Jason Terry just is not the same for Houston.
But we will not know what is going to happen with Beverley for at least a week.