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Clippers’ Patrick Beverley trending towards a return after lengthy absence

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly has been upgraded to “questionable” on the team’s injured list, our very own Tomer Azarly is reporting, and could see a return to the court on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors. Beverley has missed the last 12 games for the Clippers due to a fractured left wrist, during which time Los Angeles has managed just an 8-4 record while witnessing a drop in their defensive effectiveness.

Unfortunately for the Raptors, that may be about to change.

Beverley originally sustained the injury on April 8th in a win against the Phoenix Suns. With the two Western Conference contenders locked in a tight battle late in the fourth quarter, Beverley could be seen tending to his left hand following a sequence in which he attempted to secure an offensive rebound against Chris Paul. While the team’s defensive fulcrum shook off the Clippers medical staff, opting to remain in the match despite the discomfort, Beverley would eventually see an early exit anyway, as the officials ejected him following a flagrant two penalty.

Once in the locker room, the team’s training staff diagnosed the guard with a fracture of his fourth metacarpal on his left hand, an injury that requires surgery to heal.

Though Beverley’s absence has not been as prolonged as initially feared, the wrist injury is the second major ailment the nine-year pro has suffered this year. Earlier in the season, the guard dealt with a right knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for eight games. In total, Beverley has missed 24 of the Clippers’ last 26 games.

With Los Angeles hoping to secure the first berth in the NBA Finals in franchise history, the Clippers will hope that Patrick Beverley’s injury woes are finally behind him.