Tuesday night, the old Patrick Beverly and Russell Westbrook rivalry added a heated chapter to their long history. While diving for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of the Clippers-Thunder matchup, Beverly took out Russell Westbrook with a barrel roll type move while going for the loose ball.
This play ticked off Westbrook, who has a history of knee injuries, because Beverly put him in harm's way, which of course led Westbrook to antagonize the situation more even as the teams headed to their benches for a timeout.
Beverley vs. Westbrook loose ball deja vu pic.twitter.com/ImGeYi0KYx— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 31, 2018
Westbrook stood right next to the Clippers bench, instead of going to his own bench during the timeout. This eventually escalated into the police being brought on to the court.
Police have been brought onto the court to keep Westbrook and Beverley away from each other pic.twitter.com/FAlF1fm8gD— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) October 31, 2018
Both players were assessed technical fouls and Beverly's was upgraded to a Flagrant 1.
This whole feud stems back to the 2013 playoffs where Beverly went after Westbrook's knees, diving for a ball during a play that was practically dead as Westbrook was calling for to a timeout. Westbrook tore his meniscus and it ended his season.
While last night wasn't nearly as bad as 2013, you can understand Westbrook's frustration and both of their continued hatred for one another. What adds the most fuel to this fire is that these two guys might be the two most hard-nosed and irrationally stubborn players in the league. Neither will ever back down.
Beverly has to learn at some point if he's going to make plays like that, they have to be more subtle, especially with the reputation the preseeds him, whether fairly labeled or not. He acknowledges this, but actions speak louder than words. Unfortunately for Beverly, Westbrook is a star and he is not. The NBA will always favor their stars, no matter how unfair the treatment might be.
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