The Portland Trail Blazers may have blown a 25-point lead against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, but the biggest story in this contest was the brewing feud between guards Damian Lillard and Patrick Beverley.
Beverley is known to be a defensive pest on the court, and because of that, he made an enemy or two during his NBA years.
Lillard has been on that list since May, when a social media spat erupted after he tried to defend Chris Paul following Beverley’s comments on TV calling the Phoenix Suns guard a traffic cone during the playoffs. of the NBA last year.
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While at the free throw line in the second quarter of this game, a frame in which the Blazers outscored the Lakers 45-13 to pull away in the first half, Beverley was seen barking at Lillard, who was on the line. of free throws. . Lillard continued to speak directly to him.
It got to the point where the officials stopped play and called a technical foul on Beverley, who continued to talk to Lillard as he walked away.
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Los Angeles would eventually win in shocking fashion for Blazers fans, 121-112, as LeBron James scored 37 points, leading all scorers, during the comeback. Lillard didn’t have his best night from the floor, going 5-for-17, although he did have 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes of play.
Beverley had four points, two rebounds and two assists, but the big stat for him is always the plus/minus when he’s on the floor, which resulted in a plus-27.
He also mocked Lillard’s patented «Give me Time» celebration, as it was clear the Lakers were about to win the game. Beverley looked as if he was slapping a watch on his wrist and gestured to take it off and put it in his pocket as he got up off the floor.
But that was not all. When a certain reporter asked Beverley a question after the game about his performance and mentioned that Lillard had a «slow shooting night,» the Lakers guard objected, which would eventually cause some social media drama.
“If he had cooked me, you would have said, ‘I couldn’t protect him.’ But he misses a couple of shots and it’s ‘slow shot night’. ‘Good job on Dame’ sounds better,» Beverley told the reporter.
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When that video surfaced on Twitter, Lillard said: ‘Scammer. Flip from above the edge. Lillard references the character Bernie Mac in the 1994 basketball movie «Above the Rim.»
Beverley sent out a tweet Monday about an hour after Lillard to say, «He’s crazy. Entertaining,» which is supposed to be about Lillard.
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This feud will have time to fester before these Western Conference foes meet again on February 13 in Portland.