Rockets PG Patrick Beverley (knee) 'likely' to play Game 2
Rockets guard set to return despite knee injury in Game 1.
Update 2:49 p.m.: The Rockets announced the same, Beverley is "likely" to play Game 2.
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.
Houston's Patrick Beverley will likely play in Game 2 on Wednesday, league source tells Yahoo. Met with team doctor this morning.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 21, 2014
Beverley suffered a blow to his injured knee in Game 1 against Blazers, but MRI showed no new damage, source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 21, 2014
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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