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The Effort of Houston Rockets Patrick Beverley

Mar 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) looks for a call against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 100-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) looks for a call against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 100-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley continues to make a name for himself as a player whose niche is energy and intensity.

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, known for his energy and grit, is a bit of an anomaly on a Rockets team that has had trouble putting forth maximum effort over the course of their 2015-2016 season.

To observe the Rockets’ effort issues one doesn’t have to look any further than the Rockets’ game 4 loss to the Warriors on Sunday, in which the Rockets managed to go into halftime tied with the Warriors, only to forfeit their shot at winning the game by playing with very little energy in the second half.

It’s no coincidence that the Rockets’ second half woes coincided with the injury of Patrick Beverly. After demonstrating a high level of intensity in the first half, the Rockets’ spirit turned stale at the start of the third quarter. With Beverley out of the lineup, the Rockets struggled to play with the type of energy neccesarry to have any chance at pulling off an upset.

Patrick Beverley has always excelled at one-on-one defense, and he’s come a long way in improving his three point shot, but his most important attribute in regards to the Rockets’ success is his infectious energy.

Throughout the Rockets’ entire first round series, it has been Beverley who has provided tenacity for Houston. From the very first game, Beverley let Curry and company know that even if the Warriors were to sweep the Rockets, Beverley was not going to go down without a serious fight.

After Game 1 scrap with Steph Curry, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley was booed every time he touched the ball…. https://t.co/9SeqNB6322

— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 17, 2016

To put it frank, in order for the Rockets to have any chance at even winning one of the remaining games in their first round series against the Warriors, Beverley will have to continue to be the Rockets emotional leader.

Suffering a hamstring injury in game four, Beverley is set to play in game five tonight at Golden State. If the Rockets hope to steal another game, their roster will need to look towards Beverley as an example of the type of effort it takes to win in the playoffs.

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