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Rockets’ Patrick Beverley out 10-14 days with torn muscle in his midsection

Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverly, Russell Westbrook

Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7), guard Patrick Beverly (12) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) watch a loose ball in the second quarter of Game 2 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Jeremy Lin has his starting job back. For now.

After a back-and-forth preseason Rockets coach Kevin McHale decided to start Patrick Beverley at the point and bring Jeremy Lin in off the bench — and it seemed to work pretty well (Lin had 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting with the second unit). But Beverley played just 10:23 after getting hit in what was described at first as the ribs in the second quarter and he did not return.

Now we learn he could be out for up to two weeks, as reported by Jason Friedman on the Rockets Web site. The injury is being described as “a partial tear of a muscle in his midsection.”

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James Harden sat out Thursday’s practice but is a go for Houston Friday.

The Rockets won their opening game against Charlotte but now they get more of a challenge — Dallas Friday followed by a road trip that includes the Clippers and Trail Blazers.