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Rockets PG Patrick Beverley (knee) 'likely' to play Game 2

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Patrick Beverley will reportedly play in Game 2. (USATSI)
Patrick Beverley will reportedly play in Game 2. (USATSI)

Update 2:49 p.m.: The Rockets announced the same, Beverley is "likely" to play Game 2.

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Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley took a hit to the knee in Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Trail Blazers, and was hobbling right up until he fouled out vs. Damian Lillard. There was concern Sunday night that Beverley could miss time; an MRI was scheduled for Monday. Yahoo Sports reports that Beverley is in the clear, the MRI revealed no new damage, and he's good to go for Game 2 in Houston.

The news comes as a huge sigh of relief for the Rockets who need Beverley's defense against Damian Lillard who went off anyway in the Blazers' Game 1 win. Beverley suffered a torn meniscus earlier this month but returned early to help Houston in the playoffs.

Lillard shot 3-of-6 with Beverley off-court in Game 1, and 6-of-13 with him on-court, according to NBA.com. Beverley finished with nine points, six rebounds, two assist, a steal and a block Sunday. Game 2 is Wednesday.

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