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Patrick Beverley goes at Russell Westbrook just as he did on the play that caused injury in 2013 playoffs (VIDEO)

Mar 11, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT

In case Russell Westbrook had somehow forgotten that an aggressive play from Patrick Beverley in the 2013 playoffs was what led to his season-ending knee injury, he was reminded in his first meeting with Beverley since then less than halfway through the first quarter.

In virtually the same spot on the floor, as Westbrook slowed down to call a timeout, Beverley briefly grabbed him, causing Westbrook to react to the point where the two players needed to be separated.

The two had been going at each other on multiple possessions leading up to this one.

Beverley’s initial play that ultimately injured Westbrook last season wasn’t dirty at all. This one, however, clearly was intended to get under his opponent’s skin.

Beverley is embracing his role as an agitator this season, and got into it with Damian Lillard earlier this week.

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  1. readysethike - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    i didn’t see anything malicious in what Beverly did. All he did was put two hands on him, not to push or really grab just seemed to put two hands on em. i don’t know what his intent really was, but it didn’t seem it was to hurt him. Westbrook is just short tempered.

    • blackman24 - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Doesn’t have to be malicious, he heard the whistle blow and saw RW heading to the bench and still proceeded to go after the ball, Beverly is a joke and knows what he’s doing when trying to get under players skin.

      • apkyletexas - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        That’s a foolish comment. Beverly accomplished exactly what he wanted to – get the other player to react emotionally, take him off his game. If you think that’s a “joke”, you don’t know much about the game.

      • padraighansen - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM


        You raised the level of foolishness with your ignorant comment. Do you really think it took Westbrook off his game? No…not even a little. If it did anything, it got the officials calling the game on Beverley tighter than normal. I realize you’re a Texas guy and are biased, but Beverley crossed the line of “hard nosed” a while ago, and now is just a borderline dirty player. He’s a liability on an otherwise extremely talented and dangerous team.

      • csiegert4 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        It’s called basketball acumen…I’ll wait while you look up the word then try to figure out exactly the context in which I mean as it pertains to basketball (or sports in general).

      • pharohislife - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        Same reason why everyone hates on KG, I don’t know why though, if it works in throwing the opposition off their game then why not? Except it seemed to backfire in this particular game Westbrook killed them after that.

    • calkinsrob - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      Fact is the last time he did that EXACT same thing westbrook was out for the playoffs with a serious injury. If I was westbrook and I knew the pain I went through last years playoffs I would have tried to kick beverly’s ass too.

  2. antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Bah. All these drama queens and fake tough guys in the WCF.

    • antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Western Conference.

    • money2long - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Chris Bosh plays on the east coast

      • reesesteel23 - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Of all people, how is Chris Bosh a drama queen or a fake tough guy?

      • money2long - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        ask durant.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Chris Bosh plays a lot harder defense than Durant and that’s what I call tough. Durant gets Westbrook to fight all his battles for him.

  3. term3186 - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Love how Beverly gets a T for that, then Jackson does the same thing to Harden midway through the 2nd with no call.

  4. wowwowbad - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    The Thunder is going to call a time-out, everyone knows, there just isn’t necessary for Beverly to wave his claws to the ball-handler.

    • money2long - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM


  5. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Its plays like this that make you understand why David Stern had to soften the game. Should have given a shove back. Westbrook seems like a head case too me.

  6. snoopy2014 - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Beverly made his move several seconds after the whistle blew, which was worse than what he normally does. After the ball fouls are usually automatic technicals.

    I really miss the 90s from this standpoint. If they loosened the rules on in-game shoving just a little – not what Gortat wants, but less suspensions – we’d get back some of the entertaining fights … and a player that wants to “embrace his role as an agitator” would know it comes with some risk.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Someone needs to agitate upside Beverley’s head.

  8. jolink653 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Westbrook got angry because that was the same move that caused the injury and took him out for the playoffs last year. I’m pretty sure anyone would get upset if this clown tried the same thing again after the way it turned out last season

    • money2long - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:20 AM


  9. snoopy2014 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Wow. Went back and watched the video closer, in HD. If you look closely, Beverly not only tries to strip the ball, but kicks his R leg out – it looks liked he was aiming for Westbrook’s leg/knee. It’s hard to tell from this far away, but if true, that goes from a mild bitch move to a dangerous play that should be reviewed by the league. And I normally can’t stand Westbrook.

  10. shuttaman1990 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Beverley a punk, Ibaka should have knock his punk arse out for that crap.

    Lakers all day.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      For once, you make sense.

    • money2long - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      I think Ibaka would settle for breaking his nose

  11. jetnotjets - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Let Perkins loose on Beverly. It’s not like he’s good for much outside of that role these days anyway.

  12. eagles512 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Agree they Beverly is a punk.

  13. csiegert4 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    It wasn’t dirty at ALL though…he went after the ball on the sideline, so what? Sure it was supposed to be a play to get under Westbrook’s skin, and did, which shows a very big weakness with him. But getting under someone’s skin with a legal play, nothing wrong with that. Great basketball acumen from Beverly.

  14. iamhoraceknight - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    That same moved caused Westbrook to have 3 surgeries and miss the first games of his career.

    • csiegert4 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      😦 Awww we feel so bad.

      • iamhoraceknight - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        He went low and injured a man, could have been career ending.

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      That’s the bottom line here. In his life really. Didn’t miss a game in HS or College or the NBA until Bev pulled that mess. Now he’s missed nearly the equivalent of a season because of some scrub.

  15. reesesteel23 - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Can we all agree that this dude is a punk? It’s not about playing hard for your team anymore, its about making headlines.

    • money2long - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Beverly is the definition of : liking him when he plays with you. Despising him when he plays against you

      • reesesteel23 - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Yea I kind of thought that at first. But come on, If I caused you to miss the rest of the season, and the playoffs, plus a 1/3 of the following season, after doing something pretty silly, I would be a d*** to do it again.

        Now its about RW’s health and money vs. Beverly’s headlines because he’s not getting any money, lets face it.

        Who knows if RW’s knees are going Brandon ROYesque right now or a little down the road?

  16. jimsjam33 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Tonight , the Thunder exposed the Rockets as ” pretenders ” and not contenders . Why ? Because Beverly and Lin are not championship caliber point guards to compete in the West . Period end of story !

  17. joeksnuffy - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Beverly’s play that injured Westbrook last season was dirty. It was overly aggressive attempt to steal the ball while Westbrook was obviously going to call a timeout. It was a cheap shot. Someone needs to put that punk in his place.

  18. Nostrils10 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    lol you guys are dorks…. i love reading comments of you weenies whining back and forth!


  19. stephenlin - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    As a Lakers fan, STOP CITING “LAKERS ALL DAY” AFTER EVERY POST. This article has nothing to do with our team.

  20. southbeachtalent - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    bush league…

  21. johnnyg1021 - Mar 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    ok Beverly is a punk…. but so is Westbrook. Always trying to mean mug his way to the line. if he could control himself he’d be the best PG in the game but he is a little punk. And Westbrook goes for steals when teams call timeout too so karma. #MIA3PEAT

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