Patrick Beverley understands his role.
The defensive stopper limited Kevin Durant's impact in the Clippers' shocking 135-131 comeback win over the Warriors on Monday. Los Angeles’ victory evened the opening-round series at 1-1.
Durant and Beverley were both ejected from Game 1 in the fourth quarter after a verbal altercation.
“I don’t try to get in people’s head man,” Beverley told reporters following the Game 2 victory (via NBC Sports Bay Area). “I can’t help that people get irritated by me. It’s not my fault. I go out there and I try to be the best defender on the f—g planet, consistently — (day) in and out, in and out. I take my role, I take my job, very seriously, and I do it for my teammates.
"I understand my role, and I understand how to get stops. KD is not an easy cover, but it’s fun out there for sure.”
Golden State held a 31-point lead with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter of Game 2. But, from there, Los Angeles cut into its deficit and eventually tied the score on a jumper by Lou Williams with a little more than a minute to play. Williams then knocked down another jumper a few possessions later and Landry Shamet connected on a clutch 3-pointer to put the Clippers ahead for good.