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Rockets' Patrick Beverley plays through illness in loss to Trail Blazers

By on 5/03/2014 09:30:00 AM

The Houston Rockets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday by the score of 99-98. The loss ended the Rockets' season and advanced the Trail Blazers following a four game to two series win. Rockets guard Patrick Beverley plowed through the series with a knee injury he sustained in Game 1 and an illness, which kept him out of practice the last few days.

Artem Korzhimanov  via Wikimedia Commons reported that Beverley played 23 minutes in Friday's Game 6 loss. He scored just two points on 1-of-4 shooting and added four rebounds and three assists.  Beverley averaged 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the series.  

Although Beverley didn't get the support he may have deserved in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, he was vastly improved in his second season in the league and has earned much respect around the league as one of the better defensive point guards.

Beverley was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round in 2009, but didn't play in the NBA until 2012. As a rookie, Beverley averaged 5.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.  He improved this season, averaging 10.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.  Expect Beverley to continue to develop into one of the better point guards in the league.

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