Patrick Beverley has missed time in the NBA bubble while attending to a personal matter, hasn’t played in the tune-up scrimmages, and was not necessarily expected to play a role in the Los Angeles Clippers’ first real game back, Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
But he’s in, and he’ll be playing.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers told reporters during pregame media availability that Beverley will indeed play in the re-opening night showdown.
Patrick Beverley will play tonight, per Doc Rivers.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) July 30, 2020
And there’s footage of him warming up in the wild, per the LA Times’ Andrew Greif:
Pat Beverley is out warming up. pic.twitter.com/KQNQ4Lh7fb— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) July 30, 2020
The news would appear to be a big boost on the night for the Clippers, who are already guaranteed to be without Lou Williams (quarantine) and Montrezl Harrell (not in bubble) for the night. Additionally, Landry Shamet, who has recovered from coronavirus and played in the final scrimmage, is available but Rivers already said he was not going to rush the guard into action.
So, assuming good health and everything, this is a good thing for the Clippers, with one of their lockdown defenders capable of playing and getting some run. We’ll see how many minutes he ends up playing, but having him at all is a bonus of sorts for the night.