Report: Rockets' Patrick Beverley won't return for conference finals
The Rockets announced Beverley was done for the season after undergoing surgery on March 30 to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, with the point guard scheduled to have his cast removed this week. On Monday, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said the pin in Beverley's wrist would be in place until June 4 or 5, about two weeks following Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Beverley has started at point guard for the Rockets the past two seasons, but missed last year's playoffs due to a knee injury. Houston has used veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni at point guard during the playoffs in Beverley's absence, and one of them may draw the difficult defensive assignment of league MVP Stephen Curry in the conference finals.
Beverley suffered the injury on March 23, during the third quarter of a win over the Indiana Pacers. He was initially diagnosed with a sprain before returning to Houston later in the week to meet with doctors. Beverley, 26, averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 30.8 per game in the regular season.
- Jake Fischer