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Patrick Beverley to play against the Clippers

The heart and soul of the Rockets is back.

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It's all hands on deck for the Houston Rockets’ matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night (with one big, Swiss exception).

Patrick Beverley returned to practice on Thursday and is ready to go for Friday.

The Rockets point guard missed Tuesday's blowout against the Dallas Mavericks with a left quad contusion that he suffered the night before against the Phoenix Suns.

After getting some much-needed R&R, Beverley will now be tasked with slowing down one of the better point guards in the league in Chris Paul.

Since Beverley has come back from knee surgery earlier in the year, the Rockets are 17-4 with him in the lineup. Now they are 6-6 without him.

Beverley on the season is averaging 8.9 points and a career-high 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game. The Rockets have looked like a much more cohesive unit on offense and defense since the fiery point guard returned. Two wins against bottom-feeder teams hardly mean they didn’t miss him.

With Beverley healthy, center Clint Capela is the Rockets’ lone injured player.