If you aren’t up on your superheroes, then the most important thing to know about the Marvel character Wolverine is this: He is a mutant who has a freakish ability to recover from wounds quickly.

And so when Rockets guard Patrick Beverley noticed this image — his head photo-shopped onto Wolverine’s body, by the website RocketsSocial.com — making the rounds on social media this week, he had a good chuckle and fully embraced the new nickname.

MORE: Sideline shuffle | Griffin's future | Latest news | NBA scores | DraftStreet

“I like it, the Wolverine” he told Sporting News by phone on Thursday afternoon. “I am starting to believe it a little bit.”

Beverley has dealt with a laundry list of injuries this year, going back to the broken hand he suffered on Dec. 21. He was expected to miss up to six weeks with that injur

y, but wound up back on the floor in just four weeks. In March, he broke his nose in a game against the Magic, but missed no time. 

This week, after the Rockets appeared to take a serious blow when they learned that Beverley would miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his knee, a second opinion revealed that Beverley actually could get by with just some rehab, and that he would play again this year. He is officially week-to-week, but he is likely to play before the postseason begins.

Thus, in the past few days, the hashtag #Wolverine is connected to his name almost as much as it is to actor Hugh Jackman. Beverley’s developed some remarkable healing powers.

“With how well things are going with my knee and what happened with my hand, and I suffered a broken nose this year, I think it fits,” he said. “My ability to endure certain pain, my ability to heal and all that stuff. I broke my hand (in December) in the first quarter but I didn’t leave until the second quarter.

"I just thought it was jammed, I did not know it was broken. It’s my ability to take pain and play through it. A big part of it is God, I know that God has helped me come back from all these injuries.”

Whether the power is divine or a some sort of mutant comic-book ability, the Rockets are relieved. The team has championship aspirations, and Beverley is a big part of that. Their identity changes without him.

Beverley averages 9.9 points and makes 35.7 percent of his 3-pointers but has become a key part of their rotation because of his ability as a perimeter defensive stopper who is able to play off the ball with James Harden and allows Jeremy Lin to play off the bench.

According to NBA.com, the Rockets allow 101.5 points per 100 possessions with Beverley on the floor, and that shoots up to 103.4 per 100 possessions when he is off the court. He has a plus/minus of 7.9 when he is on the floor, the highest of any Rockets regular.

That has Beverley within sight of one of the accomplishments he hoped to reach this year — making the NBA’s All-Defensive team. He does not put up particularly big steals numbers, which is too often how perimeter defenders are judged. But Beverley prefers to make his impact not by gambling for turnovers, rather by staying tight on his man at all times.

“(All-Defense) was one of my goals going into this year,” Beverley said. “Hopefully, people see that the way I play defense is top-notch in the NBA and I can make the All-Defensive team. … I think very few people do what I do defensively to change a basketball game. That’s what I do, I put my team in a good situation to win basketball games with my defense. I think it’s rare that you see that kind of gift that people have in the NBA but I am able to have fun with it.”

Fun is a relative term, of course. Beverley plays especially aggressive defense, the type that opponents — and their fans — tend not to appreciate. Just ask folks in Oklahoma City, where Beverley is held responsible for injuring Russell Westbrook’s knee on a play late in Game 2 of the first round of last season’s playoffs. He even received death threats in the wake of that series.

He didn’t spend much time sweating those threats, though, offering the reminder that he is from the West Side of Chicago, so he knows a thing or two about dealing with threats.

“I could really care less about who likes me or not,” Beverley said. “I am not going out there trying to have friends. My friends are my teammates, who I go to war with every night. As long as they like me, I’m fine, I could care less about everybody else. I just go out there and try to do what I need to do, and if that means being a thorn for the other team, as long as I put my team in position to win a basketball game, I am doing what I need to do.”

The larger concern, though, is that Beverley’s style of play could be a danger to himself, something he acknowledges but, at the same time, shrugs off. He is doing his knee rehab and, like the hand injury and the broken nose before it, he expects good results soon.

“It’s the way I play, the intensity I play with, injuries come with that,” he said. “But the way I play is the way I am going to continue to play. I had never had any injuries in my life, so I figured I was about due for some. It is unfortunate that I had my share this year, but I am going to come back better, come back stronger, come back faster, like I did before.” 

Better, stronger faster. We’ll see in the coming weeks. But until then, it is obvious that Beverley is getting this superhero thing down.