After a rough stretch on the injury front, the Houston Rockets may have caught a badly needed break.
Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will not need surgery on the torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to return in time for the playoffs, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the diagnosis had not yet been publicly announced.
The updated news on Beverley comes just two days after center Dwight Howard said he would likely miss 10 days with an ankle injury.
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 with Beverley on the floor defensively (101.5 points allowed per 100 possessions with to 103.2 without) and offensively (110.5 points scored per 100 possessions with to 106.7 without).
The Rockets (49-23) have won five of their last six games and are currently in fourth place in the Western Conference. Yahoo Sports first reported Beverley s diagnosis.