Rockets guard Pat Beverley sounded very confident on Saturday evening when he spoke about the possibility of avoiding surgery on his right knee that he injured Thursday against Philadelphia and that appears his confidence was founded.
He flew to Alabama and visited with Dr. James Andrews on Monday and, as reported by Yahoo! Sports, Beverley will not need surgery on his knee, which could allow for his return this season. The timetable for his return, though, will be based on how successful the rehabilitation process is.
Following his visit with Dr. Andrews, Beverley also tweeted "No Needle" as he expressed how thankful he was about not needing surgery.
Beverley said on Saturday, he thought he could be out 10-14 days, but he still didn't truly know the prognosis until after Dr. Andrews was able to fully examine him. He said he really wasn't feeling any pain and there was no swelling, which were good signs and that he felt as if he could put a brace on it and he could go out and play that night.
When told of these reports teammate Chandler Parsons said, "That would be huge, he's obviously a big part of our team so we're all hoping he comes back as soon as possible. We don't want him to rush back and have something linger on and him come back and get hurt again in the playoffs and possibly miss next year. I don't really know the details on it, but I want him to get back."
The Rockets have 10 games remaining in the regular season, beginning with games at Brooklyn and Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Beverley will not be traveling with the team for those games. The first round of the NBA playoffs are scheduled to begin on Saturday Apr. 21 and Sunday Apr. 22, with the conference semifinals beginning no earlier than May 3.