Rockets guard Pat Beverley tweeted out that he’s ready to return from his broken hand on Monday night when his team hosts the Portland Trail Blazers on MLK Day, although he did participate in full shootaround on Saturday.
Can't wait to play Monday. So hyped. H-town turnup. Its officiaI, I'm on the court Monday.— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) January 18, 2014
“I feel like I could’ve played last Thursday and I feel like I could’ve played a couple days before that,” Beverley said. “I just heal faster and am able to endure a lot of pain, so I’m just happy to be back on the court and happy to be able to mix it up with these guys.”
Prior to Thursday night's game against Oklahoma City, Beverley went through a pregame workout and said after that he was now just waiting for the doctors to clear him. He said whenever that happens, he is ready to play. There has been no official word from the team or the coaching staff yet on Beverley's status. Although Monday seems more likely for his return, Beverley did remain slightly hopeful about a Saturday night return versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I’m back now I went through shootaround today, so we’ll see how it goes throughout today,” Beverley said.
Beverley said he felt good – no rust – after Saturday’s shootaround.
“I’ve been getting a lot of shots the past days," he said. "I think the training staff has done a great job with my conditioning and helping me be ready when my number is called.”
Of course, Beverley is raring to go when his number is finally called.
“It’s hard to smell the popcorn – the anxiousness, the crowd, the energy, your energy, so I think that’s the hardest thing to try to control,” he said.
If Beverley returns as he says on Monday, he will have missed 14 games with the broken hand and subsequent surgery. He broke his hand on Dec. 21, against the Pistons and was expected to miss four-to-six weeks. The Rockets have gone 8-5 since he went down. Beverley is averaging 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25 games this season. His teammates are glad he’s been back at shootaround but are looking forward to having him back in game action.
“Just having another defensive presence at the guard position – somebody that’s tough-nosed, going to get out there and get physical, get scrappy with other guys,” Rockets center Dwight Howard said. “It will be great to have him back.”
“Yeah, it’s good we have him up,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said. “We have Robert Covington up, so we got a lot of bodies now which is good – foul trouble, injuries, we have a lot of guys that can come out there and hopefully Omer gets back soon and hopefully Pat’s ready by Monday.”
“We need him, we need Omer, we need our guys,” Rockets guard Jeremy Lin said. “We don’t even know what it’s like to play healthy and full, we really don’t. I don’t know how many games we’ve had everybody healthy, so we’re going to welcome back everyone with open arms right now.”