After the Houston Rockets eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs, Patrick Beverley explained what he told Russell Westbrook during the game.
During Tuesday’s playoff game between the Rockets and Thunder, Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook exchanged a few words to each other and had to be separated by teammates. Beverley was asked what was said between them and he explained it during his post game presser.
According to Beverley, Westbrook told him that “no one can guard me, I got 40 points.” Beverley wittily replied by saying “that’s nice, you took 34 shots to get it.” Beverley went on to explain how he is not trying to insult anyone, but he feels the Rockets were able to limit Westbrook as a unit, and force him into taking bad shots more often than not.
Although Westbrook averaged a triple double during the series against the Rockets, he shot 38 percent from the field, and 27 percent from the 3-point line. Westbrook still put up impressive numbers to say the least, but the Rockets were able to neutralize him late in games when it mattered the most.
On the other hand, Beverley averaged 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.8 steals during the series and helped the Rockets eliminate from the Thunder in five games. Beverley’s stat line doesn’t stand out nearly as much as Westbrook’s final line does, but he impacted the game on the defensive side of the ball immensely. The Rockets will take on either the San Antonio Spurs, or the Memphis Grizzlies in their next playoff matchup, and will get a few days off before then.