Kendrick Perkins claims Patrick Beverley’s antics are not working on Warriors star Kevin Durant
One of those most fascinating dynamics during these 2019 NBA playoffs has been the matchup between Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant and one of the league’s best defensive agitators, Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.
Both players had a number of exchanges during Game 1 of the first-round matchup between the Dubs and Clippers, including an incident where Durant stood over Beverley after a foul on the sideline, leading to both players being ejected.
Although there were no ejections in Game 2 on Monday night, Beverley harassed Durant when he was on the floor, sticking tight to his body and face-guarding with every chance he got.
Former NBA player Kendrick Perkins applauded Beverley for his hard-nosed defense, but he does not believe Beverley is throwing Durant off his game.
Kendrick Perkins on whether Patrick Beverley's intensity and antics are working – "No, it's not working. We'll see in Game 3. I don't see KD being bothered… Patrick Beverley is doing a great job. I love the way he's playing him." #Clippers #Warriors
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 16, 2019
Still, judging from the box scores, it is hard not to feel that Kevin Durant’s offensive game has suffered from the pressing defense from Patrick Beverley and the rest of his Clippers teammates.
Durant scored 23 points in Game 1 before he was ejected, but he took just 16 shots. In Game 2, Durant took just eight field goals and was forced into a season-high nine turnovers as both he and Beverley fouled out of the contest.
The Warriors should have a 2-0 advantage over the Clippers. Golden State led by as much as 31 points in Game 2, but the Clippers scored 85 points in the second half to complete the largest comeback in NBA playoff history and even the series at one game apiece.
With DeMarcus Cousins out for the remainder of the playoffs, Durant will have to increase his output if the Warriors hope to get by the Clippers, which makes this head-to-head that much more fascinating moving forward.