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REPORT: Clippers’ Patrick Beverley to miss a ‘few games’ with right wrist sprain

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Los Angeles Clippers starting point guard Patrick Beverley will miss a few games due to a right wrist sprain, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Pat Bev was initally ruled out for the Clippers’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday due to the injury, and now it seems the 31-year-old will miss more time with the wrist issue.

Beverley, a seven-year NBA veteran, is playing in his third season with the Clippers after starting his career with the Houston Rockets before being shipped out in the Chris Paul trade in the 2017 offseason.

Heading into Monday night’s action, the Clippers were third in the Western Conference with a 23-11 record. Beverley has clearly been an important part of the team’s success, though his numbers are down somewhat from prior seasons.

In the 2019-20 campaign, Beverley is below his career-averages in points, assists, 3-point shooting and, most notably, free throw shooting. Beverley is shooting a hideous 59.3 percent at the charity stripe after shooting 78 percent last season. That number is clearly a blip.

Beverley’s numbers in 2019-20 are 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds (a career-high), 3.3 assists per game and 1.4 steals per game.

Despite that, that free throw percentage is a cause for concern, as is his 32.8 percent clip from beyond the arc — which represents the nadir of his career from 3-point territory. Patrick Beverley’s previous career-low from downtown was 35.6 percent in his third season in 2014-15.

While Beverley’s presence will be missed, the Clippers are blessed with astonishing depth and two top-tier players in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. With that said, they will likely be just fine in his absence.