Patrick Beverley says refs aren’t going to call every foul when you play hard vs. Warriors
Patrick Beverley was ejected with a few minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 1, and was on the bench for the last few minutes of his team’s historic comeback victory two days later. Still, he seems to believe the officials in the heated first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors have done a good job so far, especially when it comes to allowing for an extra dose of physicality.
“The best part about our team is that we have a reputation for playing hard,” Beverley said on Wednesday, per ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azarly. “When you play hard, you might foul sometimes, but the refs not gonna call every foul, and that’s both ways, that’s both ways.
“I got ejected the first game and fouled out the second game, so I haven’t even played a full game yet,” he continued. “So I’m just trying to play a full game.”
Beverley has emerged as the lighting rod of this matchup, frequently butting heads with Kevin Durant and setting an overall tone of brash toughness that the Clippers must sustain to compete with a team boasting so much more talent. He’s averaging 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.0 steal against the Warriors, shooting an ugly 27.1 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Beverley, obviously, brings much more to the table than statistics. While the value of his emotional influence on his teammates should never be questioned, it certainly bears mentioning that Golden State has outscored Los Angeles by 25 points with him on the floor through the first two games of this series, worst on the team.
Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center.