Patrick Beverley will have arthroscopic surgery to determine if more intrusive knee surgery is required.
Reports regarding Patrick Beverley and his knee injury aren’t positive. The Rockets had been cautious with Beverley keeping him in Houston while the team traveled to China. Hopes were the injury wasn’t severe and it would get better with treatment and rest.
Initial assessments have been upgraded and now the shooting guard will have arthroscopic surgery to ascertain the status of the injury. The scope will determine if Beverley will require more intrusive surgery. Already set to miss around 20 games this procedure wouldn’t add any additional down time to Beverley’s recovery.
D'Antoni said he expects Beverley to miss 20 games. As mentioned previously, timetable about same with or without arthroscopic surgery.
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Just prior to this news, I was having a discussion with a friend on how I envisioned Tyler Ennis would become a vital part of the Houston Rockets this season. With Pablo Prigioni also out recovering from a shoulder injury my hypothesis just became real.
I opined Tyler Ennis has never had the opportunity to play much as he has always sat behind a number of other guards. Originally Patrick Beverley was slated to be the starting shooting guard with James Harden at the point. Beverley was also expected to share time with Pablo Prigioni as the point guard for the back-up unit. Although Eric Gordon could also see some time in this role he likely moves to the starting line-up until Beverley’s return.
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Enter Ennis who offers a different pace at the point and plays with a calm well beyond his years of experience. Maybe I’m crazy, but I believe D’Antoni who has worked with Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin will get the best out of Ennis.
Beverley will already miss a quarter of the season regardless of what the scope reveals. Should the scope reveal Patrick Beverley requires further invasive surgery he could miss more than half the season. Generally any type of knee surgery requires minimum of 3 months recovery on the low end and over a year on the high side. Since Beverley has been mobile it’s unlikely this is the latter.
While may questioned the trade of Michael Beasley for Tyler Ennis it may well turn out to be Daryl Morey’s most important offseason move.
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Keep your fingers crossed for Patrick Beverley to get good news, but in the interim be thankful Tyler Ennis is ready to pick up the slack.