Clippers’ Patrick Beverley speaks out on guarding Warriors’ Kevin Durant after 45-point night
The Los Angeles Clippers were able to weather the storm that was Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant in Game 5, getting away with a 129-121 victory to extend the series despite 45 points from the reigning Finals MVP. Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, the player assigned to guard Durant, did everything he could, but at the end of the game, all he could do was give credit where it’s due.
Durant has scored at least 30 points in the last three games, proving that no matter what the Clippers threw at him defensively, he’s been able to withstand.
It was already an impossible task to stop Durant right from the beginning, but Beverley is doing his part for the Clippers. He tried being physical, he tried getting under KD’s skin, he’s literally tried everything.
But Durant is just that good.
Still, the Clippers have nothing to be ashamed of. They were able to win two games when everybody thought they’d be swept, and that’s already a major accomplishment for an eighth seed that’s going up against the two-time defending champions.
The series will head back to Los Angeles for Game 6, where the Clippers will attempt to tie it up at three games apiece.
If the Clippers would like to force a Game 7, they will have to once again rely on their collective effort to neutralize Durant’s offensive onslaught. They have already proven that they can stand toe-to-toe with one of the league’s best teams, and they’ll have to do it again next game.