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Clippers’ Patrick Beverley receives warning for violating NBA’s anti-flopping rule

Clippers, Patrick Beverley

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley received a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule.

Beverley blatantly flopped on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics:

The Clippers defeated the Celtics in overtime by a final score of 107-104. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard blocked Celtics guard Kemba Walker’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to preserve the win for LA.

The Clippers improved to 10-5 on the season with the win. They are now in the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings.

Despite this awful flop, Beverley had a great game against Boston. The Chicago native finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds while shooting 5-of-11 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Overall on the season, Beverley is averaging 7.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Now that Leonard and Paul George are playing together, LA has three elite perimeter defenders in Kawhi, PG-13 and Beverley. The Clippers currently have the 10th-best defense in the NBA. They are giving up 106.4 points per night. Expect that number to drop with George back in the lineup.

For the first time in franchise history, the Clippers are legitimate title contenders. A little less flopping and more tenacious defense from Beverley moving forward would be nice. Clippers fans don’t need Beverley to turn into the next Marcus Smart.