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Rockets' Patrick Beverley breaks hand, likely out 4-6 weeks

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The Rockets will be without starting point guard Patrick Beverley for likely the next 4-6 weeks as he broke his hand in Saturday's game against the Pistons.

Beverley, who has started 23 games this season for the Rockets, will be out through most of January as he recovers.

The Rockets have already been dealing with injuries to James Harden (ankle sprain) and Jeremy Lin (back spasms) so an extended absence to Beverley could hurt a little more.

Beverley has been solid as Houston's starting point guard, providing a defensive intensity that seems to often be lacking with other players. He's a bulldog player that challenges opponents constantly. Without him, the Rockets will likely suffer some defensively. With him on the court this season, they're allowing 99.7 points per 100 possessions. Without him, 103.4.

The Rockets have some depth assuming Lin can get healthy with Aaron Brooks also in their backcourt. So while Beverley is definitely an impact player, they should be able to at least get by.

Beverley, 25, is averaging 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists this season.

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