is averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Rockets
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Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will not undergo surgery to address a torn meniscus in his right knee, a decision that opens the door for a return to the court this season.
"God is the only [one] that could have made this possible," Beverley wrote on Twitter. "Praises to him. Thank [you] so much. No needle. Knock on wood."
Yahoo Sports reports that Beverley will be treated as "week-to-week" following a consultation with Dr. James Andrews. USA Today Sports that Beverley hopes to return for the 2014 playoffs, which are set to commence in a little over two weeks.
The diagnosis clearly amounts to a best-case scenario. Meniscus repair surgery had the potential to end Beverley's 2013-14 season, as it ended Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's 2012-13 season.
Beverley, 25, sustained the injury during Houston's blowout victory over Philadelphia on Thursday. Two days later, he told reporters that he wanted to return to the court "for sure" and that his pain was manageable.
"I feel pretty good," he said, in comments recorded by Rockets site ClutchFans.net. "I feel like I knocked knees with somebody, it hurt a lot the first day. I don't feel a lot of pain today, no swelling. ... We'll see how long it lasts. Maybe 10-to-14 days, maybe four weeks, it just depends."
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A scrappy defender known for his on-ball defense and general intensity, Beverley has stepped into a starting role for the Rockets this season. The Arkansas product is averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and he boasts a team-high net rating of +9.0.
As he awaits Beverley's return to the court, Houston coach Kevin McHale will continue to start Jeremy Lin while turning to 2013 second-round pick Isaiah Canaan off the bench.
If the playoffs ended today, Houston (49-23) would be the West's No. 4 seed, facing off against No. 5 Portland (48-27).