Rockets’ Beverley expected back next week after undergoing left knee surgery

HOUSTON — Rockets starting guard Patrick Beverley said he practiced Friday and expects to return this coming week from left knee surgery.

Beverley didn’t say which game would be his season debut in, but he proclaimed he’s completely healthy. The Rockets’ first game this coming week is Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“I feel very good, excited, can’t wait to play,” Beverley said Saturday. “I can’t wait to play with my teammates. I missed them a lot. I missed being on the road and team camaraderie a lot. I missed playing basketball and missed competing.”

Beverley said he won’t be limited in his return and has done some physical contact during his workouts and his lone practice. In his absence, the Rockets started Eric Gordon and Corey Brewer at guard alongside James Harden. In the last two games, coach Mike D’Antoni placed Brewer in the starting lineup and moved Gordon to the bench. D’Antoni’s reasoning was that Gordon gives the second unit more scoring power when he’s paired with Tyler Ennis in the backcourt.

Beverley has better chemistry with Harden, who has moved into the point guard role full time.

“I’ve been working out with three trainers here when the guys have been on the road, and I practiced (Friday) and competed at a high level,” Beverley said. “I did one-on-one and a lot of contact stuff. I’m ready. I’m excited to get back out there and compete.”