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Patrick Beverley called for a technical foul after Reggie Jackson’s aggressive attempt at a steal (VIDEO)

May 2, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

Patrick Beverley has become a household name for NBA fans during these playoffs, thanks to his involvement in the play that led to Russell Westbrook‘s season-ending torn meniscus injury.

As the series between the Rockets and the Thunder shifted back to Oklahoma City for the first time since the incident, Beverley was targeted by fans and Thunder players as the villain, despite the fact that the play that injured Westbrook was in no way a dirty one, and happens every single night during the regular season.

Midway through the first quarter of Houston’s Game 5 win, the Thunder’s Reggie Jackson decided it would be a good idea to put Beverley on the receiving end of the type of play that ultimately sidelined Westbrook, and aggressively went for a steal as Beverley was in the midst of signaling for a timeout.

Beverley knew exactly what Jackson was trying to do here, so he gave him a little bump after the whistle to let him know he would be willing to defend himself if the Thunder wanted to take up this nonexistent cause of retaliating in Westbrook’s honor.

Beverley was immediately whistled for a technical foul, and I think that was the wrong decision by the officials.

The referees had to have been aware of the situation, and especially on a similar play that involved Beverley and Westbrook, they should have let Beverley’s reaction go with a no-call.

Additionally, if you look at the two plays side by side, Westbrook was still in the process of collecting the ball, and Beverley had a legitimate chance to steal it. In the Game 5 play involving Jackson, Beverley had already picked up his dribble and the referee had blown the whistle before Jackson was able to make contact, which to me, makes these two very different scenarios.

  1. deavn - May 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    OMG who cares man. Reggie Jackson needs to get a grip. The play wasn’t dirty when Westbrook got hurt. Stuff happens sometimes and Reggie doesn’t need to be so aggressive towards Patrick Beverly.

  2. soonerthunderviking - May 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Jackson never made contact lol…

    • soonerthunderviking - May 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      start at .26 seconds……maybe im the one thats blind….idk…didnt touch him to me

  3. jpaynethemayne - May 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM


  4. flyrocket31 - May 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Beverly plays wth so much passion! i love it. keep it up. hopefully lin can come back game 6 so we can run small ball again. with Parsons at the 4. we kept that last game in a stragnle hold. WE BELIEVE IN HOUSTON!!!!

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I like this Beverley kid. He has poise and moxie. Bad call by the officials.

    Still waiting for even a whistle — never mind a suspension — for all the flagrant elbows Kevin Garnett is throwing in the BOS/NYK series, and the arm lock on Melo right in front of James Capers last night…

  6. rohlo - May 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    okc players are a bunch off cry babies!! the play wasnt dirty on westbrook and it was basketball play..if anything the league should fine jacskon as it was intentional and could be deemed as trying to injur a player intentionally!

  7. kavika6 - May 3, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    He can give but he can’t take. I know Beverley is the Houston MVP now but even he shouldn’t be allowed to get away with something like that. Good call refs.

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