In some much needed good news, Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley is set to return to the lineup on Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, according to the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. Beverley has been out since November 13th with a sprained ankle.
Beverley was scheduled to return to practice today and told Feigen that he's not completely 100 percent, but feels good enough to get back on the floor:
"It is, for me, all mental, which for me, should be the easy part. I'm not 100 percent, of course, but I'm getting there."
Beverley's role when he returns is uncertain and it will be worth watching how coach J.B. Bickerstaff handles his first big personnel decision. Beverley was coming off the bench behind Ty Lawson, but as Lawson has struggled out of the gate, Bickerstaff moved him to a bench role three games ago to start veteran Jason Terry.
Beverley could potentially jump right in as the starter. Bickerstaff would the keep Lawson attached to the second unit as the primary ball-handler and Terry as the third guard. Or the new head coach could continue to start Terry with Beverley and Lawson battling for back up minutes.
Beverley is averaging only 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists on 34.2 percent shooting in 16.0 minutes per game this season. Those are the worst numbers of his career and he'll need to improve if he's going to stick in the rotation... regardless of what route Bickerstaff settles on.
But for the moment, Beverley's just excited to get back on the floor, telling Feigen:
"I'm very excited. Everybody knows me and J.B. have a relationship as an assistant coach. We talk about everything. It's going to be an honor to play for him."
Hopefully that excitement translates into results on the court for Pat. The Rockets sure need it.