Beverley: 'It feels like the end of the world'
Patrick Beverley had a hard time expressing the words to describe the end of the Rockets’ playoff run.
The point guard sat in the chair in front of his locker after the Game 6 loss to the Thunder and thought about it before constructing his answer.
Then someone said “painful.”
“That’s the perfect word,” said Beverley, who added he had already packed his bags to head for Oklahoma City for a Game 7. The Rockets lost 103-94 on Friday. Their season is over.
Beverley proved to be an important part of the team. He scored eight points in Game 6 in nearly 33 minutes of work. He started the final four games of the series after Jeremy Lin suffered a chest injury.
Not bad for a guy who the Rockets summoned from Russia earlier this season. Beverley was playing in Europe after being waived by the Heat following training camp. He spent several months in Russia until the Rockets signed him in early January.
For the season, he averaged 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. But really, the Rockets mostly fed off his energy.
“I have to get better. I have to continue to get better,” Beverley said after the Game 6 loss. “There are a lot of things I can continue to work on. A lot more learning to do but it’s been a good process. I’ve been trying to learn as I go but I’ve had a lot of development.”
Beverley is scheduled to make $915,243 next season and the Rockets will likely bring him back. He proved to be a valuable backup to Jeremy Lin at the point guard position.
“Just watching his confidence grow. Watching him learn this league,” Aaron Brooks said when asked about Beverley. “I think he’s going to get better and better. He’s a good basketball player and definitely an NBA player. Coming in, you just want to prove that you belong.”
And Beverley is already planning on being back with the team next season.
“If we keep the team, work hard, continue to stay hungry, we can be a very special team,” he said. “We could be a scary, special team.”