"I'm taking precautions to make sure I'm 100 percent all right," Beverley said. "If this was the playoffs, I would play tonight for sure. I'm going to go crazy over here sitting like I'm a coach with a suit on, but I can root my team on and look at the game differently, maybe see some things that I don't see while I'm out there and try to add to my game when I get back."
Lin started at point guard for the Rockets last season after breaking out with the New York Knicks in 2011-12.
"I'll still be the same player," Lin said. "Obviously, we need Pat and we need Pat to play at a high level for us to be where we want to be. He has to get healthy. Other guys have minor injuries, too. Everybody needs to get healthy."
Rockets guard James Harden has a sore wrist and back, but said he will play.