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Damian Lillard fed up with Patrick Beverley

Mar 10, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

If you want to understand Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley, watch the sequence with just under 15 seconds remaining of Sunday’s game against the Trail Blazers.

Holding a two-point lead, Portland tries to inbound to Mo Williams. Beverley swipes at the pass from behind, and the ball goes out of bounds with Beverley chasing it into the stands.

The officials rule the ball went off Beverley, but as he returns to the court, he manically gestures with his right hand for the referees to review the call.

As he does that, he walks to Damian Lillard and plants his left hand in Lillard’s chest. At best, Beverley was preparing to defend Lillard in case there were no review and the Trail Blazers quickly inbounded the ball. At worst, Beverley was being a pain.

Either way, Lillard slaps Beverley’s hand away. Beverley removes his mask – something he often does during dead balls, but in this case, something that also looks like a scrap-starting gesture.

An official steps between the two, and they both go their benches.

The review concludes Portland keeps the ball. On the next inbound, Beverley fouls Wesley Matthews.

Though he didn’t succeed in forcing a turnover, Beverley at least sent an 83 percent free-throw shooter (Matthews) rather than an 87 percent free-throw shooter (Williams) to the line.

Matthews splits the pair, allowing James Harden to hit the game-tying 3-pointer on the other end. Houston wins in overtime.

That’s Beverley – always pushing the line between pesky and dirty, seeking any edge possible.

Unsurprisingly, Lillard doesn’t like that.

“You’ve got somebody out there that want to try to be bumping and doing little slick stuff. You know what I mean?” Lillard said in a CSN Northwest video. “I’m not going to buy into it, but I’m also not going to just let it fly. I’m going to say something. I mean, that’s what he does. I don’t really care for that, but I’m just not going to let somebody be all in my chest, doing all this extra stuff. That’s not basketball.”

During their mini altercation late in regulation, Lillard said he told Beverley only, “What are you doing?”

In overtime, Lillard fouled out on an offensive foul, striking Beverley in the face as he drove by. Beverley – often to Lillard’s dismay – drew most of the six fouls.

“Everybody knows what he does to get under people’s skin,” Lillard said.

Personally, I love Beverley’s scrappy style. But I don’t have to play against him.

The first step to beating Beverley is understanding his tactics, and it sounds like Lillard is there. The next step is using that knowledge to prevent Beverley from bugging the heck out of you.

Good luck.

  1. miamiheatles - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Patrick plays that Bruce Bowen type defense. Miami should have never cut him that year in training camp.

    • chicagosports2014 - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Lillard remember Portland had the game iced and you took a shot anyway, and Nate ran up on you after the game? That’s wasn’t good sportsmanship you also questions DROSE will to get back on the court last year.

  2. therealhtj - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    I’M DE CAPTAIN NOW!!!

    • sire2334 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Lol….Thumbs up….but you’re fool for that. lol

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      ok I lol’d!

  3. thekingdave - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    @miamiheatles

    The Heat cut Beverley? This simply cannot be true. From everything I’ve read on PBT from Heat “fans”, Pat Riley is an absolute personnel genius who operates on a different level than anyone else. He would never simply cut a guy like Beverley without receiving something. Or ditch his coaching duties to scout players for the 08 draft for months, only to blow the pick on Michael Beasley. Oh wait…

  4. csbanter - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Houston Damian Lillard has a problem…………..Memo to Lillard Beverley is not Raymond Felton, Isiah Thomas, Ty Lawson or some other stone footed pg on defense that will let you drive by him or spot up for 3’s. Man up.

  5. andreboy1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Maybe Lillard should learn and thing or two from Beverly and start playing D. Lillard is one of the worst starting defensive PG’s in the game.

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      A thing, definitely not 2. I don’t see Beverley in 4 all-star competitions. He can learn defense from Bev but Everything else that has to do with basketball, Lillard is on an entirely different level

      • sire2334 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        That’s because they dont play defense in any of the All-Star competitions…save for Wall and Noah.

      • 1forest1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Offense is just on one side of the court. Bev also brings more energy, hustle, and selflessness to the team. No doubt Lilliard is miles ahead of him, but he could definitely learn more than a thing.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        He was in all those competitions because Stern wanted a push for the newest league superstar. Portland had a more deserving guy for the 3-pt contest, there were better dunking options available, and he a borderline All-Star to begin with. And I’m a Portland fan and love the guy.

  6. spthegr8 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Beverley is the kind of defender that makes you wanna punch him in the face!! Always touching you and doing little annoying stuff after the whistle. But, he is also the kind of guy you want on your team cuz he is gonna give you a 100%!!!

  7. reesesteel23 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I like the way he plays sometimes too and everyone knows he plays hard, but there is no denying that some of the things he does is completely unnecessary.

    See: Russell Westbrook

    Russ hasnt even been the same since this dude flew full speed at him while he’s trying to call a timeout. You know he’s calling a timeout so why do it?

    Just like the 4th quarter neal down in football. League ettiquette

  8. davesmall1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    If you’re going to win consistently in the Western Conference, you are going to have to beat teams with great point guards. Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Tony Parker, Westbrook, Conley, Rubio, Dragic, etc.

    Those great point guards start the offense, bring the ball up court, and they orchestrate the plays. Pat Beverley seeks to get in their faces and their heads. He’s a disruptor. That’s what he’s paid to do. It’s working.

    Throw the opposing point guard off his game and it affects the other team, not just the player being harassed.

    The Rockets beat Portland 3 out of 4 games this season. Beverley was a big part of that. McHale loves his game.

  9. chunkala - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I’ll never understand this kind of complaining. If you don’t like what Beverley is doing, pay your 12th man to take him out either on a fast break, by giving him a cheapshot elbow, or sucker pucnhing him Washington-Tomjanovich style. You have the means to end your problems, yet for some reason he’d rather complain about it than take action.

  10. deavn - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I don’t understand this man. Some ball players just play physical. Instead of crying about it, push him back. That’s what I had to do in high school. They used to play physical with me so I did the same with them. But acting like a crybaby isn’t gonna make him stop.

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