Houston (CBS Houston) – Patrick Beverley has been a Rocket for one year, one month and 25 days. In that short amount of time he has become the heart and soul of a burgeoning team.
On Tuesday, Beverley poured in five threes on his way to 19 points. His hard-nosed effort helped the Rockets top the defending champion Miami Heat 106-103.
“I love Patrick. He’s just a tough junkyard dog. He just goes out there and just plays hard all the time,” Kevin McHale said. “(He’s) got great grit, got great heart and he’s been knocking down the three.”
But wasn’t just Beverley’s three-point shot on display Tuesday night, it was his fearless attitude.
Twice he found himself on an island with LeBron James. Both times he attacked the four-time MVP with no regard for the seven inches and 65 pounds he was giving up.
“That’s how I play. I can’t turn my aggression off. I can’t turn it on. It’s just instilled in me,” Beverley said. “I play hard every play and it’s working out here.”
It is working out in Houston, but it didn’t in Miami. Beverley went through training camp with the Heat in 2010 before being cut in their final roster trim down.
“I was cut by the Heat,” Beverley said. “So, this was a really emotional game for me.”
Erik Spoelstra remembered cutting Beverley back in 2010, calling the decision a ‘tough’ one. Reflecting back on his time coaching Beverley, Spoelstra wasn’t surprised to see him in another team’s starting lineup.
“Sometimes it just takes the right timing, the right opportunity. That might be his greatest strength, the resiliency,” Spoelstra said. “His makeup is part of the fabric we like in a player.”
Mario Chalmers, who battled with Beverley throughout training camp in 2010, wasn’t surprised his former teammate has found his way.
“He’s still the same guy he was back then, he plays hard defense and does the little things.” Chalmers told SportsRadio 610. “It was about him finding the right fit.”
He’s certainly found the right fit. Behind his effort the Rockets picked up their 41st win of the year on Tuesday.
“Beverley is the engine that really makes them go.” Heat forward Shane Battier said.
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