HoopsHype Patrick Beverley rumors

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Beverley, a former second-round pick who has played in the D-League and in the Ukraine, Greece and Russia, gained notoriety during the 2013 playoffs when, Westbrook suffered a season-ending knee injury after a collision with Beverley. Since then, his reputation as a pesky, tenacious defender has earned him attention around the league — not all good. “I guess I’m doing something right,” Beverley said when asked about the irritation he’s caused Westbrook and Lillard in recent weeks. “I don’t really pay attention to that. I just go out and play aggressive defense and leave the cards on the table. “I can’t really help what other people say or how they feel. I’m just putting myself in the position to help my team win basketball games. If that means me defending all night, that’s what I’m going to do.” For The Win

Mike James: Having played against Beverley, I’ll say this: Nobody likes to be picked up full-court and nobody likes pressure. And he puts pressure on you! He forces you to decide whether to be physical or give in to the pressure. When you put that kind of pressure on your opponent, either the toughness comes or the softness—some players would rather not deal with it. Westbrook has to raise his level of play because Beverley isn’t allowing him to walk through the game. Beverley is forcing him to play at a high-level. If he doesn’t, that’s when turnovers occur. It’s like they say, pressure bursts pipes. But Beverley also took Westbrook out of the game by making it personal. Now Westbrook is thinking about fighting Patrick Beverley instead of thinking about the game plan. That’s when maturity has to come into play on Westbrook’s end, where you don’t allow what someone says or does to you affect the way you play the game. SportsNet

March 12, 2014 Updates

Patrick Beverley has turned into the little engine that could — antagonize Rockets opponents enough to help them into the Conference Finals or beyond this year. After getting in Damian Lillard‘s mug the other night before trading off-the-court barbs, he resumed a roiling rivalry with Russell Westbrook on Tuesday night during OKC’s 106-98 win. One first-quarter moment eerily mimicked the lunge Beverley made for the ball during the playoffs last spring, which inadvertently led to the tear in Westbrook’s meniscus. Here’s the play in question, and you can see Russ does not take Beverley’s thrust for the ball very well (also, check out KD’s hysterical late push on Parsons well after the altercation has run its course). Dime

Wearing a clear plastic mask to protect a recently broken nose, Beverley looked like he might spar for real with Westbrook a couple of times. Less than halfway through the first quarter, Scott Brooks pointed at the hash mark near the Thunder bench to let Westbrook know that he wanted a timeout. Westbrook reached the hash and signaled for a timeout, but as he did, Beverley reached for the ball. “That’s how I play against everybody,” he said. Oklahoman

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James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Evan Turner of the Indiana Pacers have both received technical fouls after a scuffle in the third quarter. Turner was fouled by Chandler Parsons after he stole the ball from Patrick Beverley on Friday night. Turner pushed Harden with one hand at the end of the play. Harden immediately got in his face, so close it appeared they might be touching, and the pair exchanged words. They were quickly pulled apart while players from both teams yelled at each other. USA Today Sports

March 5, 2014 Updates

So, Beverley was jawing with the Heat's players pretty much every second he was on the court, which was exactly 1,972 seconds. At one point, it appeared like Heat coach Erik Spoelstra subbed Cole out of the game so Cole wouldn't completely lose his mind and do something stupid. Cole might be the most level-headed player in the NBA, by the way. After the halftime buzzer, Udonis Haslem walked over to Beverley for a brief conversation. I asked Haslem about that conversation... "I was just giving him a hard time," Haslem said. "It was nothing serious. I just told him to stop talking crap and looking over at our bench. I know Pat. I think he the spent the summer with us. 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. Miami Herald

"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. "You play against a team that you worked out for, or you felt like you should have been there, or they made a mistake by letting you go, you try to prove something. And I guess he came out tonight with a chip on his shoulder." Miami Herald

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Sacramento lost forward Rudy Gay to a left Achilles tendon injury and leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins to left ankle sprain against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Gay, who tied a career high with 41 points on Tuesday night, was injured midway through the first quarter and limped off the court and to the locker room. Cousins was injured on a hard foul by Patrick Beverley that drew a technical in the second quarter. Both players missed the rest of the game and Sacramento lost 119-98. ESPN.com

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Within a month of suffering a fractured hand, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will return to the lineup against Portland on Monday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Beverley, who was injured on Dec. 23, has been practicing with the Rockets this week and the team trainers cleared him to return to the court on Monday, sources said. Beverley has evolved into a vital part of the Rockets, bringing a tough, physical presence to the backcourt. Beverley has shared time with Jeremy Lin as Houston's starting point guard. Yahoo! Sports

January 16, 2014 Updates

When Rockets starting point guard Pat Beverley broke his hand in Detroit versus the Pistons on December 21, the initial word was surgery was needed and he’d miss four-to-six weeks of action. Surgery was successful and it’s approaching the fourth full week since the injury occurred. So naturally Beverley is saying he expects to be back very soon. “I went to the doctor (on Monday) and he said I’ll be back very soon,” Beverley told SportsTalk 790 on Tuesday, during his weekly radio appearance. “I’m playing before the 22nd, so that’s good news. I’m pretty excited about that.” CSN Houston

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