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Sources: Patrick Beverley to return to Rockets this season

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HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 24: Patrick Beverly #12 of the Houston Rockets lands in the crowd after chasing a baskekball during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center on March 24, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

After suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will not undergo surgery and is expected to return this season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Beverley will be considered "week to week" on his return to the Rockets' lineup, a source said on Monday afternoon. Beverly met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Based on Andrews' recommendations, Beverley's possible return will largely be based on the success of his rehabilitation process.

For Houston, the return of Beverley could be telltale for the team's chances to advance in the Western Conference playoffs. The Rockets are 49-23 and holding onto the fourth seed in the West.

Beverley hurt the knee in Houston's 120-98 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

The loss of Beverley would've been difficult for the Rockets to overcome, especially because of their need for him to defend the top point guards in the West playoffs. For now, Jeremy Lin is stepping into the starting lineup and providing offense for the Rockets, but he brings nowhere near Beverley's level of toughness and defense.

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