With Douglas gone, Beverley ready for bigger role

With Douglas gone, Beverley ready for bigger role
February 21, 2013, 7:00 am
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Patrick Beverley’s first reaction was pretty much like the rest of the Rockets’ reactions. He was sad to see teammates go.

But next, Beverley realized the trades on Wednesday mean that he might start to play an even bigger role with the Rockets, the team he joined earlier this season after his career took him overseas for the four years previous.

In the trade that brings Thomas Robinson to Houston from Sacramento, the Rockets had to give up, among other players, Toney Douglas. Douglas had been the backup point guard for the Rockets, the guy that was charged with relieving Jeremy Lin when necessary.

Now, that’s Beverley’s role.

“I know that I have to step up now because I’ll be playing some significant minutes,” he said. “Be ready, that’s my biggest focus right now.”

And he thinks he will be able to fill that role.

“I had a great career overseas,” Beverley continued. “I understand it’s not overseas but I know how to play basketball. I definitely have to step up to the plate and provide anything I can provide right now.”

Beverley, 24, talked to Lin almost immediately after the game. Lin scored 29 points but played 41:51, the second highest minute total of his season. Beverley said it’s important for him to be able to come into the game without the Rockets’ struggling. He wants the level of play to at least stay the same or go up when he relieves Lin.

On Wednesday night, Beverley said he already talked to Lin about what he can do better, the parts of the game he can add to his repertoire. He also said he plans on talking to Lin on the plane ride from Houston to New York on Thursday.

Beverley played in 17 ½ minutes without scoring a point on Wednesday night. Before the game against the Rockets, he averaged 4.7 points, 2.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds, while averaging 13 ½ minutes per game.

Douglas recently suffered a hip injury, which allowed Beverley to pick up some extended playing time. He thinks that he showed enough to make the Rockets feel comfortable with letting go of Douglas.

“I think so. I think so,” he said. “With the time I’ve been getting, I’ve been showing bits and pieces and spurts like that. I know my minutes are going to stay up so I have to stay humble, stay focused, stay hungry and we’ll see how it goes from there.”