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Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley to have MRI on right knee

Patrick Beverley (Bob Levey/Getty Images) Patrick Beverley averaged 10.2 points per game in the regular season. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will have an MRI on his right knee on Monday after spraining it in a 122-120 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of Houston's playoff series on Sunday night, according to an ESPN.com report. Beverley missed eight games late in the regular season with a torn meniscus in that same knee.

Sunday's game was only the fourth Beverley has played since the meniscus tear, which occurred on March 27. Dr. James Andrews said the tear did not require surgery, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

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Beverley appeared to be injured when LaMarcus Aldridge knocked him to the floor on a hard screen with 1:04 left in overtime. Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points for Portland.

Beverley, known to be a pesky defender, remained in the game until he fouled out with 44 seconds left. He even recorded a block after the injury.

He initially shrugged off trainers to stay in the game, but he needed help to get off the court following the game, according to TNT.

The second-year man out of Arkansas played 38 minutes, scoring nine points on 3-of-8 shooting with six rebounds and two assists.

"All of us are saddened by the fact that Pat hurt his knee again," Dwight Howard said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I didn't want to see anything happen to him. ... It hurts all of us. We just have to step up here as a team and win it for him."

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.

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