HoopsHype Patrick Beverley rumors

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Beverley spoke to the media before Saturday night’s game at the Toyota Center with the Clippers as he was pulling a workout shirt and sneakers before heading to the weight room. He was upbeat and talking confidently. “I feel pretty good,” Beverley said. “I just feel like I knocked knees with somebody. It hurt a lot the first day. I don’t really feel a lot of pain today, which is a good sign. No swelling. “Like I said, I don’t feel a lot of pain. It’s always a great thing. No swelling is a great thing. It wasn’t in the same area where a lot of players tore their meniscus at. It’s a pretty solid area. I feel pretty confident about it. I’m about to go lift weights right now and get some work in.” NBA.com

You can hold off all the doom and gloom talk about the end of Patrick Beverley’s season for the moment. The Rockets point guard, who suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee on Thursday, will travel to Alabama to be examined by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday and is hoping for a relatively quick return. “I’m gonna see the best knee doctor in the country,” Beverley said. “I talked to him on the phone. He seen it. It really looks good. We’ll see how long it lasts. Maybe 10 or 14 days, maybe four weeks. It just depends on he gets his hands on it and sees how it is.” NBA.com

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley had an MRI Friday that revealed a torn meniscus in his right knee, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. USA Today Sports

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who had a minor kerfuffle with Houston’s Patrick Beverley earlier this month, said he wishes the Rockets’ point guard nothing but the best with his injured right knee. “I’m sorry to hear it happened to him,’’ Lillard said, moments after finding out following the Blazers’ 91-74 victory in Chicago. “It happens in the game of basketball, in any sport. Hopefully, he will recover from it. I wish the best for him.’’ Oregonian

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Beverley, a former second-round pick who has played in the D-League and in the Ukraine, Greece and Russia, gained notoriety during the 2013 playoffs when, Westbrook suffered a season-ending knee injury after a collision with Beverley. Since then, his reputation as a pesky, tenacious defender has earned him attention around the league — not all good. “I guess I’m doing something right,” Beverley said when asked about the irritation he’s caused Westbrook and Lillard in recent weeks. “I don’t really pay attention to that. I just go out and play aggressive defense and leave the cards on the table. “I can’t really help what other people say or how they feel. I’m just putting myself in the position to help my team win basketball games. If that means me defending all night, that’s what I’m going to do.” For The Win

Mike James: Having played against Beverley, I’ll say this: Nobody likes to be picked up full-court and nobody likes pressure. And he puts pressure on you! He forces you to decide whether to be physical or give in to the pressure. When you put that kind of pressure on your opponent, either the toughness comes or the softness—some players would rather not deal with it. Westbrook has to raise his level of play because Beverley isn’t allowing him to walk through the game. Beverley is forcing him to play at a high-level. If he doesn’t, that’s when turnovers occur. It’s like they say, pressure bursts pipes. But Beverley also took Westbrook out of the game by making it personal. Now Westbrook is thinking about fighting Patrick Beverley instead of thinking about the game plan. That’s when maturity has to come into play on Westbrook’s end, where you don’t allow what someone says or does to you affect the way you play the game. SportsNet

March 12, 2014 Updates

Patrick Beverley has turned into the little engine that could — antagonize Rockets opponents enough to help them into the Conference Finals or beyond this year. After getting in Damian Lillard‘s mug the other night before trading off-the-court barbs, he resumed a roiling rivalry with Russell Westbrook on Tuesday night during OKC’s 106-98 win. One first-quarter moment eerily mimicked the lunge Beverley made for the ball during the playoffs last spring, which inadvertently led to the tear in Westbrook’s meniscus. Here’s the play in question, and you can see Russ does not take Beverley’s thrust for the ball very well (also, check out KD’s hysterical late push on Parsons well after the altercation has run its course). Dime

Wearing a clear plastic mask to protect a recently broken nose, Beverley looked like he might spar for real with Westbrook a couple of times. Less than halfway through the first quarter, Scott Brooks pointed at the hash mark near the Thunder bench to let Westbrook know that he wanted a timeout. Westbrook reached the hash and signaled for a timeout, but as he did, Beverley reached for the ball. “That’s how I play against everybody,” he said. Oklahoman

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James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Evan Turner of the Indiana Pacers have both received technical fouls after a scuffle in the third quarter. Turner was fouled by Chandler Parsons after he stole the ball from Patrick Beverley on Friday night. Turner pushed Harden with one hand at the end of the play. Harden immediately got in his face, so close it appeared they might be touching, and the pair exchanged words. They were quickly pulled apart while players from both teams yelled at each other. USA Today Sports

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