The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a serious playoff push. With just a couple weeks left to go in the regular season, Houston is battling for the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference. Coming into play on Friday, the Rockets are one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the standings.
Houston is currently on a five-game winning streak, and things were really looking up for the franchise until some devastating news came across the wire this morning. That news was of course in regards to Patrick Beverly‘s knee. The PG reportedly has a torn meniscus and he could be sidelined for several weeks.
It’s unclear exactly how long he’ll be out at this point, as the team is looking into rehab as an alternative to surgery. But either way, Beverly is going to be on the shelf for awhile.
His absence will of course mean that Jeremy Lin has to step up. The popular PG will be inserted into the Rockets starting lineup and he’ll be expected to carry Beverly’s load and then some on offense. But most fans aren’t worried about Lin on offense, they’re worried about him on defense.
Beverly is a better defender than Lin, and we all know how crucial solid-D is at the PG position come playoff time.
Rockets fans will just have to hope that Beverly can return at some point down the road. However, there are reports suggesting that this knee injury could end his season all together. If that’s the case, it’s hard to buy the Rockets making it to the conference finals. That is, unless Linsanity runs wild once again.