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.