Video: Clippers’ Patrick Beverley scoffs at intensity comparison to Celtics’ Marcus Smart
There is no doubt that Los Angeles Clippers veteran guard Patrick Beverley is one of the toughest players in the league today. The 31-year-old’s unmatched intensity was on full display on Wednesday, as he helped his team to a hard-fought overtime victory against the Boston Celtics, 107-104. Following the entertaining contest, Beverley was asked about the intensity he brings to the game. When questioned if he thought Celtics guard Marcus Smart — himself a standout tough character — was at the same level as him intensity-wise, Beverley could not help but scoff at the comparison.
Reporter – “What’s it like being out there with Marcus Smart, a guy trying to out-intense you?”
Patrick Beverley – “…”
Reporter – “You don’t usually have another guy out there that matches your intensity.”
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 21, 2019
Beverley had his best game of the season on Wednesday, logging 14 points (on 5-of-11 shooting), four 3-pointers, a career-high 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks in 41 minutes of action. Your read that right. The 6-foot-1 combo guard out-rebounded everyone else on the floor. Given his diminutive size, this feat is certainly testament to Beverley’s no backing down mentality.
For his part, Smart had an outstanding performance himself for Boston, accounting for 15 points (on 7-of-20 shooting), one 3-pointer, three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and zero turnovers in 40 minutes of play. The 25-year-old was actually playing through an ankle issue. Smart may be as tough as they come, but in Beverley’s mind, the Celtics guard just isn’t on the same level as him.
Beverley’s remarkable performance outshined the debut of the Paul George and Kawhi Leonard pairing for the Clippers. This was the first time these two superstars shared the floor as teammates, and as it seems, this duo is going to be dominating the league the rest of the way.