Per Malika Andrews of ESPN, Pat Beverley left Orlando tonight due to an undisclosed family emergency. He will be gone for however long his family emergency needs him, with no projected return date.

First of all, our thoughts and best wishes are with Pat and his family at this time. No matter how this effects the Clippers, Pat’s family is obviously more important, so we won’t speculate on what’s going on with him, or when he might come back. He will take the time he needs, and when he’s ready to rejoin the team, he will. The Clippers will miss Beverley’s defense, his leadership, and his three-point shooting while he’s gone, and the team is certainly not complete with him absent.

In the meantime, the Clippers will go on without Pat (though it’s fortunate that Marcus Morris just arrived). Reggie Jackson will presumably step up to the starting point guard role, which should give Doc Rivers and the Clippers an extended look at what the veteran can handle in a bigger role. Hopefully they won’t have to rely on Jackson like that in the playoffs, but it will be useful to know if he can fill that role if needed.

Behind Jackson, the Clippers’ depth at point guard is not super great. Lou Williams can handle the position in a pinch of course, and his minutes will probably increase accordingly. Moving Lou over more towards the point will free up wing minutes, which could actually result in Rodney McGruder or Amir Coffey getting more run than otherwise expected as well. If the Clippers don’t want to play Lou too much at point, rookie Terance Mann might get a chance to play point guard too.

Pat Beverley left Orlando tonight and won’t return until his family emergency situation is taken care of. We will continue to provide updates on the situation as it develops, but in the meantime, we will continue to send our thoughts towards Pat and his family to get through the emergency they’re presently dealing with.

6 Comments

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    Goddamn it feels like the Clips have been snakebitten recently regarding absences/emergencies, and I hope everything is alright w/ Bev’s family.

    At this point, rather than giving any major rotation pieces heavy minutes, I think I’d rather get an extended look at Mann at backup PG – obviously I’d hope we don’t need him for important minutes in the playoffs, but that’s exactly why the team might as well play him extensive minutes in these scrimmages to see what he can do.

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      I agree, just play Mann and Coffey a ton and let them get minutes/reps. We need to win some seeding games to maintain seeding but ultimately as long as we don’t slide all the way to 4 it isn’t a big deal. Play for the playoffs.

    • Robert Flom Robert Flom says:

      I’m fine with Mann getting the backup minutes too, would be really interesting to see if his approach is any different now, or if he’s more confident.

  • Avatar osamu6238 says:

    ugh, not off to a great start, at least if you believe building back the team chemistry is important during this mini-training camp/warm up games. I hope nothing serious and they’ll be back before the play in games, or at least the playoffs.

    • Robert Flom Robert Flom says:

      Pat has been there up until now, so I wouldn’t worry about chemistry too much. Sheer execution and in-game synchronization is a bit of a fear though.