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Rockets' Patrick Beverley (broken hand) to return to playing Monday

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

On December 21, Houston Rockets' point guard Patrick Beverley broke his hand in a win over the Detroit Pistons. It was a pretty big blow to the Rockets at the time because he was such a defensive presence for them in the backcourt and they were dealing with injuries to Jeremy Lin and James Harden. Within one month of the initial diagnosis of him being out four-to-six weeks, the Rockets will be welcoming back Beverley to the floor.

Beverley has been practicing with the team this past week and tweeted out early Saturday morning that he'll be returning on Monday when the Rockets play the Portland Trail Blazers.

His impact should be felt on the defensive end right away as he was a big presence for them last season and this season. Beverley joined the Rockets during the 2012-13 season and quickly worked his way into the rotation for the playoff push. This season, the Rockets were significantly better defensively with him on the floor, giving up four points per 100 possessions fewer than when he's not in the game.

He's averaging 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 31.5 minutes this season.

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