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Patrick Beverley to start as Rockets go with smaller lineup for Game 2 against Thunder

The Houston Rockets are changing their starting lineup for Game 2 of their playoff series against Oklahoma City, inserting backup point guard Patrick Beverley in place of rookie power forward Greg Smith.

The lineup turned in by the Rockets features three guards: Beverley, Jeremy Lin and All-Star James Harden. Chandler Parsons and center Omer Asik fill out the starting five.

Beverley did not start a game during the regular season, moving into the rotation halfway through the season and averaging 5.6 points. He had 11 points and four assists in Houston's 120-91 Game 1 loss on Sunday night.

Smith had six points and three rebounds in 17 minutes in that game, finishing with a team-worst plus-minus rating of minus-34.