Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed that he will undergo wrist surgery on Tuesday.
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Beverley injured his wrist on March 23 against the Indiana Pacers and has not featured since as he looked for a second opinion on his injury before opting to go through with surgery, according to ESPN.
Having confirmed that he will go under the knife, it is a huge blow for the Rockets and coach Kevin McHale, as Beverley has become a vital part of their team with his defensive intensity and ability to play a role alongside James Harden in the backcourt.
The 26-year-old will not be able to return this season after the procedure, and so the Rockets will look to finish the regular season strong after going 50-23 so far this year ahead of what they expect will be a deep playoff run.
However, it isn’t the only headache that McHale will have as Dwight Howard has struggled with injury all season, and Terrence Jones and Donatas Montiejunas have both also picked up ailments in recent days.
While the loss of Beverley will be covered by veteran guard Jason Terry, who will be promoted to a starter, along with Pablo Prigioni and Nick Johnson, McHale will hope that he doesn’t suffer any further setbacks ahead of what will be an important post-season for both him and his team.
The return of Howard this week will certainly have improved his mood although the towering center remains on a minutes restriction and will not play against the Toronto Raptors as it is the second game on a back-to-back.