Rockets set return date for Patrick Beverley

Within a month of suffering a fractured hand, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will return to the lineup against Portland on Monday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Beverley, who was injured on Dec. 23, has been practicing with the Rockets this week and the team trainers cleared him to return to the court on Monday, sources said.

Beverley has evolved into a vital part of the Rockets, bringing a tough, physical presence to the backcourt. Beverley has shared time with Jeremy Lin as Houston's starting point guard.

In 25 games before the injury, Beverley averaged 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Houston is 26-15 and holding onto the fifth seed in the Western Conference.