Rockets to bench Jeremy Lin, start Patrick Beverley, according to report

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The Rockets are going with the disruptive defender as the starting point guard to open the season.

The Houston Rockets are sending Jeremy Lin to the bench, electing to start Patrick Beverley in his place, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Lin started in three games through the preseason to Beverley's four and is now taking a back seat to the second-year player.

The Rockets are expected to start Beverley, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Dwight Howard when they open the season against the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday night.

Beverley broke out during the Rockets' first-round matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, starting five games and averaging 11.8 points. 5.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game while Lin dealt with a chest injury that limited his playing time.

Beverley averaged 9.1 points through the Rockets' preseason, shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. It was his disruptive defense and dominance against Jrue Holiday that raised eyebrows during the exhibition period, though, and left a lasting impression:

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