Beverley has been through a handful of injuries and surgeries throughout his career, maybe the NBA grind is getting to him.
Instead of Mike D’Antoni rallying the troops like President Whitmore from his epic speech during Independence day, the Rockets somehow looked even worse, eventually falling by 39 points.
During the regular season, the Rockets had a two and a half man rotation at center with Clint Capela and Nene, getting most of the minutes and playing time.
By the end of the half, the Spurs would make it a four-point game, and with Nene out and injured and Clint Capela it looked like the Rockets might be in trouble.
Despite being held to 36% from the field the Rockets were always within striking distance, they just weren’t able to get consistent offense.
The Rockets for three-quarters hung in with the Spurs and despite James Harden having an off night with only 13 points, the game was 88-83.
James Harden got the Rockets off to a fast start scoring 11 points and he was responsible for another 13 points off of assists, helping the team run out to a 34-23 lead in the first quarter.
Beverley will have many jobs against the Spurs and will be a key reason if the team will advance or not.
If the team learned anything during the series with the Thunder, it’s that they can win in more ways than just shooting 15 three’s a game which the team did so many times during the regular season.