Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook’s dislike for each other goes way back, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the beef continued during Wednesday night’s showdown between the Rockets and Clippers.
The Rockets won an often fiery contest 102-93 behind 47 points from James Harden and in his post-game press media scrum Westbrook unloaded on Beverley.
Westbrook was scathing of Beverley, saying: “What’d James score? 44? 47? Pat Bev trick y’all, man, like he playing defense. He don’t guard nobody, man. He just running around, doing nothing.”
According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Beverley responded saying “Don’t start that, don’t start that. I don’t care about that.”
While Harden was certainly dominant overall, it turns out, per ESPN Stats & Info, that Beverley actually played brilliantly against Harden on the defensive end of the floor.
The rivalry between Westbrook – then on the Thunder – and Beverley – then on the Rockets – began all the way back in the 2013 playoffs, when Beverley tried to steal the ball from Westbrook as he went to the sideline to call timeout. In controversial circumstances, Westbrook tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the scramble and consequently missed the remainder of that year’s playoffs.
We officially can’t wait for the next time the Rockets play the Clippers.