The Houston Rockets get a big piece back Monday night as Patrick Beverley makes his return to the lineup against the Portland Trail Blazers after missing a month. He’s been eager for Monday’s game since he was cleared on Saturday:
“I’m back now, I went through shootaround. We’ll see how it goes. I went through the whole shootaround like I did before, ran some drills, got a lot of shots up and went over the other team’s game plan.”
Beverley’s return allows for coach Kevin McHale to go back to rotation that he decided to implement at the beginning of the season, which was to start the defensive spark plug in Beverley, and bringing Jeremy Lin off the bench to serve as the offensive spark. He spoke about his reasoning Sunday:
“(Lin’s) communicating and scoring is really good for that group. That’s why I want to get back to that. I thought that was some of the best basketball we have played this year. Getting back to that should be really good for us.”
The Rockets are 16-8 when Beverley starts at point guard, and 11-7 when Lin starts at point guard.