Can Rockets Survive Western Conference Playoffs Without an Elite Point Guard?

April 4th, 2015 by Jonathan Feigen Leave a reply »

DALLAS — Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry nailed his corner three-pointer and for just a moment seemed ready to perform his “taking off” jet pantomime on Thursday night. He paused in front of the Dallas Mavericks’ bench, glanced back at the former teammates and coaches still around and chose to simply run back toward the other end of the floor.

There was more work to be done—and not just for that night. An understanding of all that is at stake might have grounded him. There will be other times to spread his wings.

“We all know what time of year it is,” Terry said. “When you’ve been in the league this long, you can feel the playoffs coming.”

Greater victories and a larger role are in sight for Terry. Earlier this week, the Rockets announced Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the season to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. As long as the Rockets' stay in the playoffs lasts, Terry will be their starting point guard, splitting most of the minutes at the position with trade-deadline acquisition Pablo Prigioni.

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