Patrick Beverley Likes Battling Westbrook
Before the Houston Rockets’ practice on Friday, Patrick Beverley scooped up his phone and started to scroll his mentions on Twitter. Russell Westbrook needed knee surgery, and the angry online mob had come calling for the Rockets rookie in cyberspace.
“Get off it,” the Rockets trainer chastised Beverley. “And stay off until the playoffs are over.”
Beverley barely blinked. Bring it on. He can take it. He can take it all. He’s sorry Westbrook suffered a torn meniscus on Thursday, but Beverley apologizes for nothing. When Westbrook slowed down to call a timeout in Game 2, Beverley accelerated, lunged for the steal and crashed into Westbrook’s knee.
Beverley plays fast and faster, plays forward with the desperation of an unmistakable truth that hangs over him like the basketball reaper: He doesn’t want to go back.
“I want to go against Russell Westbrook again and battle him again,” Beverley told Yahoo! Sports by phone on Friday evening. “I didn’t try to hurt him, but that play was something I’ve tried in the past, a play that worked against the Suns earlier in the season – and it’s a play that I’m going to continue to try again.”