The Los Angeles Clippers have lost guard Patrick Beverley for the rest of the NBA season, in an injury that could change the trajectory of the entire team.
Beverley has undergone right knee surgery to repair a microfracture and a torn meniscus, reported ESPN. Dr. Walt Lowe at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center performed the surgery.
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It leaves the Clippers without both of their starting guards from the opening game of the 2017-18 season. Milos Teodosic has missed most of the year with a left plantar fasciitis. This is another injury blow to a flailing Clippers team that has now lost nine games in a row after starting 4-0. Beverley was a key part of the Chris Paul trade over the summer, a tenacious defensive guard who could serve as a strong complementary playmaker, too.
Beverley, 29, has appeared in 11 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.73 steals in 30.3 minutes per game. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.2 assists last season for the Rockets.
Beverley isn’t a star, but he is a perfect role player. Los Angeles started the season with stout defensive efforts, but it eroded quickly — since the 4-0 start, the Clippers have had the worst defense in the league. With Blake Griffin and especially DeAndre Jordan, that’s simply unacceptable.
It took Beverley several years to initially break into the NBA after exceeding expectations in Europe. Now, his biggest role yet is cut short after only 11 games. One minor reprieve is that this isn’t a contract year — he has one year left on his deal after this one.