Patrick Beverley is proving to be a very valuable defensive spark plug from off the bench for the Houston Rockets.
The rookie from Arkansas has been making the most of his minutes at key times for the Rockets, who scored a 100-93 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday to strengthen their NBA West playoff seeding. He led his team in steals with three. At any point of the game, a steal can rejuvenate your team and frustrate the other side. That’s what Beverley was able to do three times on Wednesday.
He also contributed in other ways in nearly 18 minutes of excellent action with 3-of-6 shooting from the floor and 1-of-2 in 3-point land, with two rebounds and two assists.
Beverley is an defensive specialist for coach Kevin McHale to use at key times. When he got 22 minutes of action March 13 against the Phoenix Suns, Beverley also picked up three steals. His offensive abilities also sparkled in that game with four assists and six points.
He’s had 26 steals in 26 games but has done that in limited playing time. Except for on Wednesday, Beverly isn’t shooting well. Overall, he’s at 38.5 percent. But, he has shot in double figures during the season. As his playing minutes go up, Beverley keeps doing more positive things for the Rockets.
Beverley has demonstrated he can give the Rockets excellent defensive play at critical times, as he did that in impressive fashion against a fine Jazz team. That’s another reason why Rocket fans can feel good about their post-season prospects.