Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook go way back. That’s why it’s no surprise that there would be some fireworks as the two point guards faced off during the Los Angeles Lakers-Minnesota Timberwolves clash on Wednesday night.
During one play in the firs half, Patrick Beverley sagged off Russell Westbrook in a basically comical level. Instead of taking the bait, the Lakers star tried to throw a lob into the paint. But Pat Bev was positioned far enough to go ahead deflect the pass.
Safe to say that fired up Pat Bev, who proceeded to very visibly claim Russell Westbrook was “trash” for the camera to see after getting a steal on him.
Pat Bev appears to call Russ "trash" after a steal 👀 pic.twitter.com/Da0uVeHJOQ
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The Timberwolves raced out to an early advantage, piling on the Lakers for a lead that ballooned to up to 25 points while never trailing throughout the first half.
For good measure, he even goaded LeBron James to add insult to injured with the Lakers down big.
Pat Bev flexing and sceraming on LeBron James' face. pic.twitter.com/jkGknj6LKW
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After nearly a decade of animosity between Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook, it’s clear that the beef continues to sizzle with a delectable aroma that still draws in most NBA fans.
Beverley infamously caused Russell Westbrook to tear his meniscus during the 2013 NBA playoffs, derailing a potential return to the NBA Finals after making it the previous season.
Just last month, Patrick Beverley called out Russell Westbrook for being “The Real Magician” amid a disappointing first season with the Los Angeles Lakers thus far.
I remember when somebody said all I do is run around and I trick y’all 😂 well my boy is The Real Magician this year.
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) February 10, 2022
He dug even deeper in an recent appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast wherein he explained how one statement from the Lakers point guard allegedly “damaged” his reputation and career. The words in question from Russell Westbrook were from the 2019 season, claiming Pat Bev isn’t actually a good defender.
“Pat Bev trick y’all, man, like he playing defense,” Russ said back in 2019. “He don’t guard nobody, man. He just running around, doing nothing.”
The Timberwolves guard obviously took offense to that statement, going on a passionate rant against the Lakers star that’s made a significant impact on his own NBA career.
“I’m like, ‘What the f—?’ All because of what one person said, and that’s how the media is. If one person says one thing, that’s how they take it. And they take it just for that. People really looked at it like, ‘Yeah, maybe this motherf—er don’t play defense. The only thing he does is run around,'” Pat Bev said on why he still has ongoing beef with the Lakers star.
“He damaged my career,” Beverley said. “Coaching staffs and players, fans, they looked at me way different. They looked at me like, ‘You know what, he don’t play defense. He just yells and run around,’ and held onto that, and some people still do.”
With the way the standings look now, there’s a decent chance that the Lakers and Timberwolves face off in the play-in tournament. The Russell Westbrook vs. Patrick Beverley matchup will be a sight to behold in a winner-take-all setting.