Patrick Beverley’s response to guarding LeBron James – ‘It’s no challenge’
Beverly finished with just two points, four rebounds, and was a -16 in 26 minutes. On the other hand, James torched the Clippers to the tune of 28 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, and two blocked shots in 35 minutes of play. He even got MVP chants from the Lakers fans in the crowd.
After the game, Beverley praised the Lakers for their well-played game.
“We gotta give them a lot of credit,” said Beverley. “They came in trying to win a basketball game today. They took it personal. Like I said you have to give them a lot of credit. It’s one game, of course, living in in LA man it’s hard to deal with this loss but we have to wash it down the shower, keep getting better, and we will.
Towards the end of his postgame presser, Patrick Beverley was asked to describe the challenge that LeBron James brings as a defender. Beverley wasn’t having much of it.
“It’s no challenge,” Beverley responded.
“Particularly at the end of the game when–”
“No challenge,” Beverley said again with a sigh.
“How hard is it when he tries to force switches–”
“It’s not hard at all.”
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Clearly, it was a challenge for the Clippers, as James got wherever he wanted on the floor. He shot just 7-of-17 from the field, but added two three-pointers and was 12-of-14 from the free throw line.
Beverley has been making his impact on games the last couple of weeks, but the Lakers did a terrific job gameplanning for the Clippers.