Clippers staffer says Patrick Beverley is ‘the secret’ behind LA’s relentlessness
Beverley is the heart and soul of the Clippers. The Chicago native has been driving Golden State Warriors superstar small forward Kevin Durant crazy on defense in the first two games of the first-round series. Beverley’s energy and passion is contagious, and the rest of the guys on the team are feeding off of it.
“It’s fucking Patrick Beverley,” one Clippers staffer told The Athletic’s Jovan Buha. “He’s the secret.”
Beverley has a total of 13 points in the first two games of this series against the Warriors. However, the tone he’s setting on defense for the Clippers has been simply amazing.
Durant, who is arguably the toughest cover in the NBA, only shot the ball eight times in Game 2, and committed a whopping nine turnovers. Beverley was on him for the game’s majority, frustrating Durant much in the same way he did during the series-opener, when both players were ejected in the fourth quarter after their verbal back and forth nearly resulted in them coming to blows. What Beverley lacks in size, especially against the nearly seven-foot Durant, he more than makes for up in physicality, quickness, and an overall doggedness that no other defender in the league can match.
As a result, and with the help of a dominant Lou Williams, the Clippers were able to erase a 31-point lead on Tuesday night, stealing Game 2 on the road to even up the series at 1-1 as it heads back to Los Angeles.