HIGH ON A HOG
Former Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley joined the Rockets' starting lineup and excelled in Game 2 with 16 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound rookie began this season playing in St. Petersburg, Russia, and signed with the Rockets in early January.
“He's been doing a great job,” Sefolosha said of Beverley. “He's very intense in his game and I think he gives them a lot of good timing on the offensive end, just getting some second shots for them. He got a lot of offensive rebounds a lot of different things he's doing well so we're going to have to put a lot of emphasis on stopping him.”
Beverley played 41 minutes Wednesday and could play even more minutes on Saturday, depending on the health of Lin.
Midway through the second quarter, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Beverley banged knees when Beverley reached for the ball as Westbrook was calling for a timeout.
Westbrook was hobbled, but remained in the game and is expected to start Game 3.
“He'll be fine,” Brooks said. “All we did today was watch film and shoot some free throws.”
Three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant scored 29 points in Game 2 to extend his streak of 21-plus points to 28 straight playoff games.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Michael Jordan have had longer streaks in the playoffs in the past 40 seasons.
The all-time longest streaks belong to Abdul-Jabbar (57), Jordan (47), Jordan (33), Durant and Kobe Bryant (26).
Brooks on how the 6-foot-1 Beverley finished with 12 rebounds (five offensive) in Game 2: “Beverley is going (after the rebound) every time. That's not common (for a point guard). We have Russell who goes a lot, but not every time. Beverley goes every time.”
BY JOHN ROHDE