Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has been M.I.A. for a while now, and yet there isn't much concern.
Since the second preseason game of the year, Beverley has been dealing with soreness in his left knee. He was also kept from the week-long trip to China and has now been ruled out of Saturday's game and he's likely to miss even more time.
"What I hear, it's just a matter of a couple weeks," head coach Mike D'Antoni said of Beverley. "I would love for him to be with us now, I know he's suffering through not playing, but it's a long season, whatever it takes to get him well, he'll eventually get well."
When he was peppered with questions about who will step up in his point guard’s (shooting guard?) place, D'Antoni didn't seem worried at all that Beverley will miss much more time.
Before practice, on Friday the Rockets shared that Beverley's soreness has been changed to irritation. Beverley also spent time riding a stationary bike next to the practice court.
The good news is this is not the pesky right knee that has caused Beverley problems in the past, and he's able to ride a bike. While he's not playing in games, it's a good sign he's able something.
In the mean time, expect Eric Gordon and K. J. McDaniels to see more time opposite James Harden.