In his fourth season with the Rockets, Patrick Beverley has served as a stabilizing force.
His impact in Houston extends far beyond the 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
Since Beverley became the starting point guard — replacing Ty Lawson —the Rockets have posted a 10-4 record.
Houston needed to win 10 of 14 games to climb back over .500 and to move into seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
Part of the miserable start came defensively, as opponents scored at least 100 points in each of the first 12 games of the season against the Rockets, as an ankle injury forced Beverly to miss five straight games.
Once he returned to the lineup, Beverley has been the catalyst on the defensive end, while also proving to be capable of making explosive offensive plays.
Prior to making a change at starting point guard, Houston was surrendering 106.8 points per game. With Beverley starting, the number has dropped to 104.4 points per game, as Houston has held its last three opponents to fewer than 100 points.
During the 15 games without Beverley in the starting lineup, the Rockets held an opponent to fewer than 100 points just once.
Prior to Friday’s game in Orlando, Shatter the Glass managed to sit down with Beverley to discuss Houston playing on Christmas Day, the best gift he has received and much more.
How excited are you to be playing on Christmas Day this season?
Very excited. Sometimes you wish you could be at home with your family, but this is what you do. Millions and millions of fans get to see us play and there is no better gift than to see little kids see us play on Christmas.
Is that a big deal for the team, being chosen to play on the featured day in the NBA?
I don’t think playing on Christmas means you are one of the premier teams, but it means you are one of the teams that people like to watch. We have a lot of work to do and a lot of improvement. There is a lot of work ahead, but we’ll get to that point soon.
What is the best gift you have ever received?
I think a chance to play in the NBA, for sure.
What is the best gift you have ever given to someone else?
I don’t know, that’s a tough one. I’d say when I bought my mom a house.
What was that like, clearly that had to be a great thing to give back to your mom.
It was great. All of your hard work was paid off with one thing, so there is nothing better than that.
Was that the best day of your life, too?
No that wasn’t the best day of my life, the best day of my life was when my son (Everett) was born, so that was probably another great gift that I gave someone. I gave them a baby.
What is the key for the Rockets going forward?
Continue to lay our hat on the defensive end and continue to come with defensive intensity. The full 12, full 15 (players) every day and be consistent. In this league, there are so many games, so the levels are up and down sometimes. But the main thing for us is to maintain a high intensity consistently. We will put ourselves in position to win a lot of basketball games if we continue to do that.
Have you seen this team make improvements from opening day to now?
For sure, we go to the game with a different mindset. I feel like everyone is locked in on what their roles are and what we need from everybody. We are our own worst opponent when we lose games. Consistency is the key for us.
What is the key for you to improve for the rest of the year.
Everything. I have a lot of work to do. On the offensive end, I have a lot of work. On the defensive end, I have to work on my defensive approach. The sky is the limit. I continue to get to the gym early and put my work in. Hard work always pays off.