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Report: Patrick Beverley out for rest of season, including playoffs

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HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 21: Patrick Beverley #2 of the Houston Rockets takes the basketball up the court in front of Eric Bledsoe #2 of the Phoenix Suns during their game against the Phoenix Sunsat the Toyota Center on March 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Patrick Beverly and the Rockets delayed season-ending season-ending wrist surgery as long as possible.

Unfortunately, surgery is the best course.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

This puts a significant dent in Houston’s chances of advancing deep in the playoffs. Beverley is a lockdown defender, an important counter in a league dominated by point guards.

Jason Terry has played well while starting for Beverley, and Dwight Howard provides a boost. James Harden is as good as ever.

The Rockets are still dangerous – just not as dangerous.

Houston is actually 9-0 with Terry starting, but there’s always a risk the clock strikes midnight on the 37-year-old. Pablo Prigioni raises the floor of the point guard position off the bench, and Harden is the primary playmaker. So, the Rockets don’t need to rely too much on Terry, which bodes well.

Beverley will be a restricted free agent this summer, and how quickly he recovers will have a big impact on his next contract. This surgery, which will remove the opportunity to inflict more long-term damage in the playoffs, will probably better-position Beverley for a payday. It will also add another wrinkle as teams determine what to make of this unique point guard.