Patrick Beverley twisted his knee after a collision with the seven foot power forward Lamarcus Aldridge on their game one, first round playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers. He was limping for a few possessions before fouling out. Even before that collision, it has been less than a month when Beverley tore his meniscus on the same right knee and played throughout the pain. After playing with a torn cartilage and a twisted knee, Patrick still played in game two.
This is a testament to his mental toughness. This is the only way he knows how to play – sheer guts, determination and perseverance. He had been through a long and winding road to get back in the NBA. He was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers, then traded his rights to Miami then was cut in training camp and went on to play overseas. His drive to succeed is unfathomable.
His greatest strength could actually be his biggest downfall. Instead of letting his right knee healed, he is further damaging it when he continuously plays. This is like Brandon Roy 2.0, Roy played through injuries from college and in the NBA, ending his career prematurely.
Down 0-2 it looks like “Houston we have a problem”. Damian Lillard has slowly grown confidence and is becoming a clutch player together with Aldridge’s consecutive 40-point performance. It looks like Houston will have to dig deep. Patrick Beverley will still play through his injuries, because he simply had to.
On the biggest stage and on the toughest competition, the smallest player in the court stood tall. His coach Kevin Mchale is no stranger to this one. In the 1987 season, for two months he played with a broken bone in his right foot, all the way through the finals where they lost to Los Angeles in six games.
Houston’s hope of coming out victorious in game one is slowly fading. Patrick Beverley still have a chance to save his career and could sign in the future for what he is really worth (Patrick is only earning $800k a year).
0-2 or 0-3 even if they just have a puncher’s chance to get past round one, we all know jersey no. 2 will stay play.
No giving up and no letting go.
We just hope it will all rub off to Dwight Howard and the rest of the team.