Patrick Beverley has started 52 of the Rockets' 71 games this season. (David Liam Kyle/Getty Images)
Patrick Beverley suffered a torn meniscus and his timetable for return is unclear, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Friday. The injury occurred in the second quarter of a blowout with over the 76ers on Thursday.
With the 25-year-old out possibly for the rest of the season, usual sixth man Jeremy Lin will take over the starting point guard role for Houston (49-22), which has won five in a row and is in fourth place in the West.
Initial reports from Beverley said he'd be able to play on Saturday against the Clippers before seeking a second opinion.
Beverley, known as a strong — and sometimes annoying — defender, is averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this season. Lin averages 12.4 points per game, but his defensive game isn't as good.
Beverley was involved in the play that Russell Westbrook tore his meniscus in last year's playoffs.