The Clippers announced today that Patrick Beverley had to have surgery on his left hand after fracturing the fourth metacarpal while going for a rebound during last night’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
Ty Lue said that he saw Beverley grab his hand after the play, but when Lue called the Beverley from the sideline, the point guard waved him off as if to say everything was okay. They only learned about the severity of the injury after Beverley was ejected and the training staff was able to take a look at him.
Here’s the play where Patrick Beverley apparently broke his left hand.— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 10, 2021
He attempted to poke the ball loose from Chris Paul and was clearly grabbing at his hand the entire possession after. pic.twitter.com/vE08SU29Ig
Beverley will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks, and the team stated that there is no immediate timetable for his return.
“I talked to him today, his spirits are good, just something that he wants to be able to get through and get back to help the team out,” Lue said during his pregame availability.
“It’s just tough because Pat is such a hard worker, did all the right things to come back and get back to play, to get back to action, and for this to happen the second game back, it’s just tough to see. But we’re gonna hold the fort down until he gets back, next man up mentality. And like I said, I’ll continue to check on Pat every day, I talked to him earlier, so it’s just tough to see somebody go through that, but he’s a warrior and he’ll be back, you know, as soon as he can.”
For tonight’s game, Rajon Rondo is also out as the Clippers are holding him out of back-to-backs as a precaution while he rehabs his adductor injury. Reggie Jackson will step into the starting point guard role with Luke Kennard also available as an additional playmaker. The two of them have been spot starters at multiple points this season and have always been up to the challenge.
“But I’ll tell you this, with the guys being injured and guys being out of the lineup, these young guys have really taken advantage of it: Terance Mann, Luke Kennard, even Amir Coffey when he’s had the opportunity to play,” Lue said. “And they’re gonna have the experience in case something happens down the road. So you gotta look at it both ways and that’s what we try to do, and just stay positive.”
Beverley’s return should come before the playoffs, giving the Clippers their first-choice starting lineup by the postseason. If he needs any positive encouragement, he can simply turn to Rondo, who suffered a broken hand before the start of the bubble last season and had to sit six weeks. Rondo was able to come back and impact his team’s championship run, and Beverley will be hoping to do the same.