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Rockets go with Beverley at point

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Jeremy Lin will not be in the starting lineup when the Houston Rockets take the floor for their season opener on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Patrick Beverley, starting his second season in the NBA, will be the point guard in a lineup that includes Dwight Howard, James Harden, Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons.

Coach Kevin McHale refused to announce his starters, saying earlier that the Rockets had two starting point guards. But Parsons let the cat out of the bag.

"Did (McHale) not tell you guys who is starting? I don't know why it is a big surprise," Parsons said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "It is the same as how preseason ended."

The 25-year-old Beverley joined the Rockets last season and made a good impression, particularly during the playoffs when he averaged 11.8 points, 2.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds.

"I haven't had the fortune to play in the NBA on opening night," Beverley told the Chronicle. "This will be my first one. I am definitely excited."

Meanwhile, Lin slumped in the 2013 postseason. After he posted regular-season averages of 13.4 points, 6.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds, he dipped to 4.0 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in the playoffs.
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