The Portland Trail Blazers might have blown a 25-point result in the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday evening, however the larger storyline on this contest was the budding feud between guards Damian Lillard and Patrick Beverley.
Beverley is thought to be a pest defensively on the hardwood, and due to that, he’s made an enemy or two over his years within the NBA.
Lillard has been on that checklist since May when a social media feud happened after he tried to defend Chris Paul following feedback from Beverley on TV calling the Phoenix Suns guard a site visitors cone throughout final 12 months’s NBA playoffs.
While on the free-throw line within the second quarter for this sport – a body through which the Blazers outscored the Lakers 45-13 to tug away within the first half – Beverley was seen yapping at Lillard, who was on the free-throw line. Lillard continued to speak proper again to him.
It bought to the purpose the place referees stopped play and issued a technical foul to Beverley, who continued to speak to Lillard as he walked away.
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Los Angeles would finally win in gorgeous style for Blazers followers, 121-112, as LeBron James scored 37 factors, main all scorers, through the comeback. Lillard didn’t have his greatest evening from the ground, capturing 5 for 17, although he did have 24 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in 40 minutes of play.
Beverley had 4 factors, two rebounds and two assists, however the huge stat for him is all the time the plus/minus when he’s on the courtroom, which got here out to a plus-27.
He additionally mocked Lillard’s patented “Dame Time” celebration because it was clear the Lakers had been about to win the sport. Beverley appeared like he was tapping a watch on his wrist and motioned to take it off and put it in his pocket as he walked off the ground.
But that wasn’t all. When a sure reporter requested Beverley a query post-game about his efficiency and talked about Lillard had a “gradual capturing evening,” the Lakers guard took exception to it, which might finally trigger some social media drama.
“If he would have cooked me, you’d have stated, ‘I couldn’t guard him.’ But he misses a pair photographs and it’s a ‘gradual capturing evening.’ ‘Good job on Dame’ sounds higher,” Beverley stated to the reporter.
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When that video surfaced on Twitter, Lillard stated, ‘Con man. Flip from above the rim.’ Lillard is referencing Bernie Mac’s character within the 1994 basketball movie “Above the Rim.”
Beverley fired off a tweet on Monday near an hour after Lillard to say, “He mad. Entertaining,” which is assumed to be about Lillard.
This feud may have a while to fester earlier than these Western Conference foes face off once more on Feb. 13 in Portland.