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.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the results had not been formally announced yet. Beverley, who is the Rockets best perimeter defender and a key member of their offense as well, suffered the injury in Thursday s win against the Philadelphia 76ers.
While a timetable for his return was not immediately clear, Beverley is likely out for the season. Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose, to cite one example, is out for the season after suffering a meniscus tear in late November. Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook tore his meniscus in late April and didn t return until six months later, and he remains on a minutes restriction after undergoing a subsequent arthoscopic surgery that sidelined him. Ironically, Westbrook suffered his injury on an April 24 play in which Beverley attempted to steal the ball after the whistle had blown in their first-round playoff game.
Beverley has been quite a boon for the Rockets this season, averaging 9.9 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.4 steals while starting 52 of 71 games. The Rockets have been better defensively with Beverley on the floor (101.5 points allowed per 100 possessions) than without (102.9 points allowed per 100), and their offense has spiked when he plays as well (110.5 points scored per 100 possessions with him and 106.8 points scored per 100 without).
The Rockets (49-22), who have won five games in a row and are currently in fourth place in the Western Conference, have a Western Conference showdown against the third-place Los Angeles Clippers (51-22) on Saturday. Yahoo! Sports first reported Beverley s diagnosis.