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Patrick Beverley full of praise for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, says he knew rookie is going to be special

Patrick Beverley, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors defeated Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the L.A. Clippers in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon. They now hold a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven first round series. The game saw Durant finish with 33 points, seven rebounds, and six assists while Klay Thompson poured in 32 points and six three-pointers. While they were spectacaular, it was a player on the other end who nearly stole the show.

Gileous-Alexander scored a career-high 25 points for the Clippers on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. He put pressure on the Warriors defense all night but it was ultimately not enough as the Clippers fell.

After the game, Gilgeous-Alexander’s Clippers teammate Patrick Beverley spoke about the rookie’s play in Game 4 of the series.

“Words can’t really describe [how impressed I am] because I see the work every day,” said Beverley. I’ve seen the work since training camp. Before he even stepped in training camp, I watched film of him with my best friends and said, ‘hey man, this kid gonna be special.’

“You see the grind throughout the year and he embraces it. He loves the grind. Whether it’s up or down, coaches are on him like they’re supposed to be. Sam Cassell, Doc [Rivers] are on him, on him, on him, tough, and he never folds. Very poised, cool under pressure. I think what you guys see tonight is starting to make it for sure.”

Even Durant had praise for Gilgeous-Alexander and the Clippers after the Warriors coughed up a double-digit lead

“I seen Shai come out and wanted to impose his will in the game early. He played with no fear tonight.

“They don’t stop, man. They’re one of those teams, they make you feel them all game, and even when you go home after the game, you’re going to be thinking about them because they’re tough.”

The Clippers don’t stop, but they’ll be forced to if they don’t come up with a victory on Wednesday night back at Oracle Arena for Game 5. L.A. has been at their best when their backs are against the walls, but the walls of Oracle will be filled with a group of thunderous Warriors fans ready to see their team advance to the next round.