If you thought that the worst part about the Houston Rockets night on Sunday was that they lost the game, then you’ve got another thing coming. While their 122-120 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers was no doubt demoralizing, the news gets worse with word that guard Patrick Beverley has a sprained knee and will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine his status in Game 2.
According Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle, there is no word on Beverley’s official status for Game 2 but it appears that the MRI will help determine how much he can play if he’s able to at all.
The injury likely happened at some point in the overtime quarter, as replays of the game show Beverley visibly hobbled at the 1:04 mark. The hit came on a play that fouled LaMarcus Aldridge out of the game and will no doubt draw the ire of Rockets fans even more now that it may cost Beverley a chance to play in Game 2.
But Beverley is a guy who himself is known to make controversial plays to take a player out of games. He made news a month ago when he went after the knees of Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and has been the sort of overly animated player that you love to have on your team but hate to play against.
Playing against him may not be an option for the Blazers in Game 2, but an MRI on Monday should help further determine Beverley’s status.