When it came to the Warriors-Clippers series, the prevailing prediction seemed to be that the Clippers had little chance to snowball and win at least one Golden State victory. However, the warning against this pessimistic prediction was that Los Angeles could at least make things interesting. Both sides of this prediction came on Saturday night when the Warriors beat the Clippers, 121-104.
No wonder Patrick Beverley was involved in what made things "interesting" for the series. Regardless of what someone thinks of him, most people will agree that he tends to like putting himself in the shoes of opposing players, especially those who are easy to disturb. This is where Kevin Durant comes in. Until the third quarter, the situation was relatively calm between the two players and the action of back and forth could be called "hard defense". Then Beverley was called Durant's fault. The Clippers' guard believed that the only reason that was called was because Durant had failed, and he made it known by repeatedly mimicking him in front of Durant.
Of course, once this incident happened, it was a good way to make a montage of all the ways Beverley had tried to disturb Durant's hell throughout the match.
Only in the fourth quarter did things really deteriorate. Beverley brought the ball and was preparing to return Durant about 10 feet from the three-point line. Since he's not really the best handler on the ball, Beverley lost the dribble and tried to get by. Durant also tried to attack the ball but seemed to give a slight push to the Clippers 'guard, which sent her back to the scorers' table. The warrior started screaming after Beverley while Beverley stood up to say a few words back and the referee gave a double technique, which resulted in the ejection of both players.
In the future, it is clear that none of these players will have the same leeway for their antics as in Game 1. But this unofficial leash did not stop Beverley from becoming the irritating always summer. If it's possible to get one of the Warriors' best players so upset that he deserves an eviction, he's still there to set that trap. It's something Steve Kerr recognized after the match.
We took the bait. [Durant] took the bait. It's two technical details. You have seven technical characteristics and your seventh is a playoff suspension. Whether you play four playoff games or 24, seven is the magic number. So he has four players to play with after a game. But that's what Beverley does. We talked about it for the last two days. He's a defender hell, he plays hard, we have a lot of respect for him. But you can not bite the bait because, you know, it's a bad job for us. The Clippers have done a lot of good exchanges this year and it was perhaps their best.
The Clippers will have the chance to get a game from the Warriors series. But if Beverley's efforts are enough to frustrate players who have already had a less than ideal season as a group, it is likely that Los Angeles will also consider this win a victory.