Beverley injured, Canaan to be re-called

Beverley injured, Canaan to be re-called
December 21, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Nearly every player on the Rockets have suffered through injury or illness at some point this season. Dwight Howard is the only player to appear in every game for the Rocket this season. However, Omer Asik's current nine game absence, due to a right thigh contusion and knee injury, is the longest period of time any player has been out of action.

That appears certain to change after starting point guard Pat Beverley injured his right hand in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. The initial report during the game was he suffered a fractured right hand and will be re-evaluated Sunday in Houston.

With that injury, the Rockets plan to bring guard Isaiah Canaan to Houston for the first time since he was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets D-league affiliate, on November 6. Canaan was the Rockets second round selection in the 2013 draft (34th overall) and has stared all 12 games this season for the Vipers, who are 10-2 this season.

Canaan is averaging 21.7 points per game and 9.2 assists per game. He's shooting 38.3 percent on 3-pointers for the season. In December, he's made 43.2 percent on 3-pointers and his 9.2 assists rank second in the D-league.

Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said after the game he hoped Jeremy Lin would be ready for Monday night's home game against Dallas as he deals with back spasms. Aaron Brooks played over 34 minutes against the Pistons and by the end of the game was the Rockets only healthy point guard.