With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Patrick Beverley will mark one of the most anticipated returns from an injury-plagued 2017-18 season for the Clippers. Beverley was a key acquisition, along with Lou Williams, in the Chris Paul trade with the Houston Rockets.
Beverley is known as one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, a quality that comes in handy in a competitive Western Conference in which teams like the Rockets and Golden State Warriors thrive out by the three-point line.
The 30-year-old guard averaged 12.2 PPG and shot 40% on three-pointers last season, but he was limited to just 11 games.
Beverley appears to be a full-go now, as he’s been fully cleared by his medical team to return to basketball activities. He underwent microfracture biocartilage repair and lateral meniscus repair, and his recovery went smoother than most players in the same situation. His doctor, Walter Lowe, attributed the speedy recovery to Beverley’s hard work. Beverley was cleared in six months for an injury that typically requires a 9-month recovery.
Beverley’s presence will come in handy when the guarding the other team’s best perimeter scorer. He is the deal matchup for guards like Paul, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, and a host of other talented players.
When Beverley returns to Staples Center for a matchup with the Rockets, his former team, Clippers fans will also get a chance to see the organization’s home opener.
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