On the bench, wearing a suit, away from the action just wasn’t the place for Pat Beverley.

The Rockets point guard, who missed three games with a torn abdominal muscle, was visibly antsy while relegated to spectator status with the injury.

When Beverley tore the muscle in the Oct. 30 season opener against Charlotte, he was told he would be out around 10 days to recover. The treatment for such an injury requires plenty of rest and a lot of ice to heal.

He returned six days later to play against Portland on Tuesday.

On Thursday night, he returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the opener.

“We took that bad loss to the Clippers and I turned around and said, ‘I am playing next game,’ so I felt good,” Beverley said. “I was able to suit up, and I was fortunate that nothing else serious happened.”

Beverley had 12 points and four rebounds in that game, which the Rockets won 116-101.

“I was able to play last game, and I felt pretty good,” Beverley said. “Then I was able to get a day of rest, so I definitely think that helped. I am still making sure I am getting rest and doing the things that will allow my body to heal.”

Sitting on the bench, Beverley said he was able to pick up on a lot of things in the game. Despite the learning experience, he was miserable not being able to contribute.