The Miami Heat fell to the Houston Rockets by three-points on Tuesday night, but bigger than the loss was the somewhat awkward encounter by Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem and Rockets guard Patrick Beverley.
As the two were leaving the court come halftime, Haslem could be seen speaking to Beverley who didn’t appear overly thrilled with the conversation.
So what took place? Well, apparently Haslem wasn’t a big fan of Beverley’s trash talking and let him know about it.
"“He’s a hard-nosed kid, a real competitor, and I respect the road that he took and the success that he had, but he was just doing a lot of yapping and I told him to stop looking at our bench and talking crap.“It wasn’t nothing personal. I got a lot of love for Pat Beverley, but he was just looking over at our bench and talking and he’s always got something to say. We’re cool off the court, but in between the lines, I don’t like it."
Not to say that one of the other Miami Heat veterans wouldn’t/couldn’t do the same, but could these type of actions be why the Miami Heat decided to reject the Philadelphia 76ers trade offer of Evan Turner for Haslem?
It’s not the first time that Beverley has gotten under the skin of an opponent this season as he stood over an injured DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings which later lead to the Sacramento center punching Beverley in the groin.