Houston Rockets Weekly: Patrick Beverley Breaks Hand, Jeremy Lin Says He’s Ready To Return

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Dec 21, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (2) gets a hand injury looked at during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets got bad news and good news as it relates to their backcourt. Patrick Beverley broke his right hand during Saturday’s win at Detroit and will miss four to six weeks, according to ESPN.com.

Beverley had started 24 of the 25 games he had played this season, averaging 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.5 minutes.

However, Jeremy Lin, who had missed time with a bruised knee before enduring back spasms after he ran into a screen from Golden State’s Andrew Bogut on Dec. 13, told the Houston Chronicle he is hopeful he will be able to play against Dallas on Monday night.

Lin has missed four games because of his balky back, but he put in a second straight strenuous pregame workout on Saturday and thinks he’s ready.

“Hopefully, I’ll be back Monday if there are no setbacks,” Lin said. “Just to get back in shape after having to sit, not do anything for awhile, not even really being able to sit, let alone jog or run, it’s good to sweat again and get your body going.”

Lin has played in 18 games, starting eight, and is averaging 14.3 points, 4.2 assists and 1.2 steals.

Last week, the Rockets were 2-1, beating the Bulls at home on Wednesday before getting hammered at Indiana on Friday and bouncing back with a big win at Detroit Saturday.

Here is the week that was, including game reviews, some news and notes, injury updates, study some stats from the week and the season and select a player of the week, as well as a look ahead to next week’s action. There is no rookie watch; the Rockets have no first-year players on the roster:

All statistical information from NBA.com/Stats.

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