What position is the strongest in the NBA right now?
If you answered point guard, you’re right.
So if the Rockets are missing the one guy on their team that can defend point guards, they’re going to struggle, right?
If you answered in the affirmative, you’re right once again.
Patrick Beverley means so much to the Rockets. He’s the soul of this team, and his ability to defend point guards is unmatched on the team and is barely matched by a precious few in the NBA in general. Two nights ago, Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose got easy looks and lanes to the basket.
And oh look! Tonight, John Wall strolls into the Toyota Center averaging 23 points and 12 assists over his last five games. His backup? Trey Burke, who’s mostly been a disappointment during his NBA tenure but recently dropped 27 points on the Nets on 10-12 shooting and 5-5 from deep. Yes, those numbers are real.
The Wizards have won seven of their last nine games, including wins over the Clippers (completely healthy at the time) and the Hornets. In their last three games (all wins), they have shot 49% or better in all three.
So if Patrick Beverley cannot play tonight, the Rockets could be in for another nailbiter. And I can say pretty definitively that James Harden isn’t going to have a 53/17/16 night every game. That would be awesome, but not a fair expectation.
Tip-off is at 7pm CT.