Patrick Beverley was being Patrick Beverley.
The Trail Blazers were in control Sunday night against the Lakers — Portland won the second quarter 45-13 and led by 25 at the half — then the wheels came off. Or, the Lakers showed a lot of grit (or a little of both if you are being accurate). During that comeback, Beverley was trolling Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.
Beverley was trying to get under Lillard’s skin long before the fourth quarter, he walked into the lane while Lillard was prepping to shoot a free throw in the first half.
Beverley helped key the Lakers’ comeback before the second half even started. After Lakers’ coach Darvin Ham reportedly threw up his hands and told his players, “Y’all figure this s*** out,” Beverley stepped up and, in his words, “Told the guys, ‘Just turn our swag up.'”
After the game, Beverley wanted his props for being a part of an effort that held Lillard to 5-of-17 shooting on the night (he still had 24 points), saying: “If he would have cooked me you would have said ‘I couldn’t guard him.’ But he misses a couple shots and it’s a ‘slow shooting night.’ ‘Good job on Dame’ sounds better.”
Lillard was having none of that.
You know Beverley was not going to let that go.
It’s just Patrick Beverley being Patrick Beverley.
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