At the start of Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves goaltender Patrick Beverley left the game with a suspected injury. He missed the rest of that contest, and as Minnesota claimed the win, they lost their starting point guard in the process.

Beverley’s injury is listed as left adductor strain, and he was ruled out for the Minnesota game on Friday against the Charlotte Hornets. While the Timberwolves and their fans are understandably concerned about Beverley’s status, a recent report says the injury is unlikely to be serious.

Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski reported that Patrick Beverley’s injury is not expected to be serious and that he is not expected to be short of much time. If that’s true, that’s certainly great news for the Timberwolves, who have been at their best when Patrick Beverley is on the pitch.

The team is on a 5 game winning streak and has broken even at 9-9 this season. Much attention has rightfully been given to the team’s star trio of Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell; however, this group really took off once Patrick Beverley was inserted into the starting lineup.

In 158 minutes alongside Beverley this season, the Minnesota big-3 has a net score of +23.8. In their 166 minutes without Beverley, that number drops to just +4.0. Of all the teams that have played at least 10 games together this season, Minnesota’s starting squad of Beverley, Russell, Edwards, Vanderbilt and Towns has the highest net score in the entire NBA at +48.3 .

Patrick Beverley’s impact on this Timberwolves team is undeniable, so if this latest report is correct it is certainly good news for the team and their fans.

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