The NBA playoffs have started. Perhaps you’ve heard. With the onset of the post-season comes delicious storylines, few better than Russell Westbrook, he of the nightly triple-double, vs. James Harden, Westbrook’s former teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It was thought to be the best matchup of the playoff, with upset potential and two of the biggest names in the NBA.
That is, until Patrick Beverley ruined it.
The Rockets smashed the Thunder on Sunday night, 118-87, and much of that is due to the former Arkansas guard limiting Westbrook to a brutal 6 of 23 from the field. Beverley’s performance, and intensity, left an impression upon Houston Texans dynamo J.J. Watt, who had court side seats for the affair.
“The guy was just absolutely killing it,” Watt said at a press conference on Monday. “His intensity is the best. I was setting there on the sidelines getting fired up, wanting to get in the game… He just has a way of getting you fired up. He is like the Wolverine out there. He’s fearless. I love the way that guy plays and it was just fun to watch that guy put on a show.”
Beverley finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists, though his performance on the defensive end, limiting Westbrook to such a poor shooting night, was without a doubt his biggest impact.
The Rockets were off on Monday night and are set to host the Thunder on Wednesday. Beverley wouldn’t mind seeing Watt there again.
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) April 17, 2017