Report: Patrick Beverley To Make Season Debut Thursday

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Calvin Watkins of ESPN has reported that Rockets guard Patrick Beverley is set to make his season debut Thursday against the Blazers. While the rumors were that he would return Wednesday against the Thunder, it was ultimately decided to let him rest for one more day. Beverley has been sidelined for the past few weeks after recovering from knee surgery. He will be inserted into the starting lineup at the shooting guard position, joining his backcourt mate James Harden.

Rockets fans can finally take a sigh of relief. Throughout his absence, it was evident that the team was missing Beverley’s presence on the court. While he was being a great motivator on the bench, the Rockets would much rather have him on the court. With Beverley’s return, the team gets back one of their best defenders. He is very pesky and is a headache for his opponents. The Rockets need that edge provided from him. Harden will probably not be guarding the point guard position on the defensive end now.

Not only will Beverley bring energy on the defensive end, but his offensive ability will also help the Rockets. We saw glimpses of improvement in his offensive game; he was penetrating more and looking to be more of a facilitator. His perimeter shooting will also help spread the floor, giving Harden another shooter to distribute to. It will be interesting to see if the coaching staff decides to limit Beverley’s minutes during his first few games back.

This is big news for the Rockets and their fans. Beverley is one of the most vocal players on the team and again, provides an edge. With his return, expect to see guard Tyler Ennis not see the court as much and possibly fall out of the rotation entirely. Corey Brewer and Eric Gordon will now be coming off the bench for the rest of the season.







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