Los Angeles Clippers defensive stud Patrick Beverley has done everything he can to try and stop Golden State Warriors MVP Kevin Durant during the first round of the NBA Playoffs. And that includes antics.
Beverley - who has quite a reputation for this type of stuff - has been talking to Durant all series long, and the two have come face to face on a few occasions, including a pair of double technicals and subsequent ejections during Saturday’s Game 1.
But for Beverley, that’s just part of the gameplan. It’s nothing personal.
TMZ Sports caught up with the two-time All-Defense selection during the off day, and he insisted that it’s all fun and games.
“It’s all fun, man,” Beverly told TMZ. “It’s two good teams, two good players battling man, and that’s about it.”
Asked if he has beef with Durant, Beverly said, “No, hell no. I don’t have beef with anybody.”
Beverley also paid some respects to Durant, interrupting a reporter who said he was “locking [KD] up” to say, “nah, not locking him up.”
For as intense as the on-court competition has been between Durant and Beverley, it’s been clear from their smiles during altercations, and their comments post-game that it’s all in good fun.