Sources: Patrick Beverley will not defend skills competition title

The Vertical
Yahoo Sports

After tweaking his ankle Wednesday night in a loss to Portland, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will not travel to Toronto to defend his skills competition title at All-Star Weekend, league sources told The Vertical.

Beverley wants to rest the ankle over the All-Star break for the Rockets’ final push to make the Western Conference playoffs.

Beverley, 27, is averaging 8.9 points and 2.8 assists for the Rockets this season. He won the Skills Challenge in New York a year ago and had been enthusiastic about trying to do it again in Toronto.

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