Last week, Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley was fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter of the team’s 122-119 victory over the Houston Rockets. After the game, Beverley was asked about James Harden’s antics when he shoots the ball.
“I don’t think it’s antics,” said Beverley. “He is a great player, former MVP, he could have easily been MVP the last three or four years. Just a player that will shoot the ball off the dribble, make the right plays – he is a tough cover, but it’s a team effort, and today we were the better team.”
This is the second time that Beverley has violated the league’s rule. Per CBS Boston, the NBA warned Beverley for violating the anti-flopping rule during the Clippers on November 20, 2019, in a game against the Boston Celtics.
In the third quarter, Beverley was guarding Jayson Tatum when the Boston forward hit Beverley in the mouth, which caused him to hit the floor after an Oscar-worthy nomination performance.
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Marcus Smart, Rick Carlisle & Tim Hardaway Jr. Weigh-in on Patrick Beverley
After the game against the Celtics, reporters asked Beverley about the comparison to Marcus Smart of the Celtics. Beverley responded with a quick “that’s funny” comment.
Smart would see the video and later respond during a trip to Denver to face the Nuggets last Friday.
“You’ve got to respect a guy like that that goes out there and plays every night fearlessly, and really stands down to nobody,” he told the press. “The respect factor is there, but at the same time, I’m on another level.”
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle also weighed in on Beverley and his defensive antics. I asked Carlisle after practice how to coach against someone like Beverley, who is a known flopper.
“What a question,” said Carlisle. “I love Patrick Beverley as a player. I love his competitiveness, attitude, and he creates a situation every night where you have to come ready to compete. I got to know him over the years and had some discussion with him during a couple free agency periods. He is an engaging guy, and I enjoyed getting to know him; he brings a high level of spirit in competition and attitude. You have to be ready to meet that head-on – that is one of the things I really respect about him,” Carlisle said.
Tim Hardaway Jr. reiterated what Carlisle during his post-practice press conference yesterday.
“We know he is going to bring that tenacity. It is him, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard. Those three right there are on the ball defensively – top 5 in the league, not in any order. So, having them all on one team, it is a definite plus for them. Just with Pat, we have to make sure he doesn’t get into our heads and take it as a challenge and feed off it. He is an ultimate competitor out there on the court, and as a basketball player and as an opponent, that is what you want,” said Hardaway Jr.