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Patrick Beverley Returns to Help Houston Rockets Grab Victory Over Trail Blazers

Beverley Rockets return

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The Houston Rockets made the decision to start second-year point guard Patrick Beverley in their opener for the 2013-14 NBA season over the much-hyped Jeremy Lin. However, their decision of who to start over the next three games was made much easier as Beverley suffered a rib injury that kept him out for almost a week.

Beverley returned to action on Tuesday night, though, as Houston took on the Portland Trail Blazers. The Rockets were coming off of their first loss of the year on Monday night as they allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to put up an astonishing 137 points on them. The return of Beverley certainly seemed to give the Rockets a boost to help them rebound from that loss, though.

Lin got the starting nod at point guard, but he and Beverley both saw the floor for 29 minutes in the contest. Off of the bench, Beverley was quite productive as he finished the night with 12 points, four rebounds and one assist while shooting 5-9 from the floor and 1-3 from three. Beverley’s night, along with big games from James Harden and Dwight Howard, helped the Rockets nab a 116-101 victory over Portland.

The return of Beverley is big for the Rockets for a couple of reasons. For one, Beverley helps solidify the point guard position for Houston, meaning that if Lin is plagued by inconsistency once again this season, the Rockets will have another solid option to run on the floor as their point guard.

More than just that, though, Beverley will help improve the Rockets’ defense, which has been a train-wreck for much of the season. Beverley is Houston’s best perimeter defender on their roster and, though he won’t fix all of their issues, he certainly helps make them a little less vulnerable on that end of the floor.

Beverley may not be the biggest name on the Rockets, but that doesn’t really matter. He’s vital to what the Rockets are wanting to do this season and his return should help them stay the course on the way to what figures to be an incredibly successful season in Houston.

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Cody Williamsis a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

Patrick Beverley Returns to Help Houston Rockets Grab Victory Over Trail Blazers

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