Beverley ready to be booed in Oklahoma City
Patrick Beverley might have changed the course of these NBA playoffs when he went for a steal before a timeout during Game 2.
Beverley went for a steal in the second quarter and ran into Oklahoma City star point guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook went down awkwardly. He returned but tore his meniscus and is out for the playoffs.
Right or not, plenty of Oklahoma City fans blame Beverley for Westbrook’s injury. Beverley was even threatened on Twitter.
So Beverley knows that as the series shifts back to Chesapeake Energy Arena, he’s going to hear it from Thunder fans.
“It’s gonna be fun,” he said. “I’m looking forward to all the boos and stuff. I understand the crowd is gonna be amped up and I hope that it’s gonna get us that more focused.”
And Beverley said the boos will focus him more.
“Yeah, of course, every time you touch the ball, you’re gonna hear boos,” he said. “So at least I get to relieve some of the pressure off James (Harden).”
Beverley started his third-straight game in the playoffs on Monday night and played a huge role in the Rockets’ win. He scored 16 points and hit some major shots. He also drew a big charge against Kevin Durant in the waning moments of the game.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale spent plenty of time being disliked in opposing NBA arenas.
“Yeah, I really never thought much about that,” McHale said. “In the famous words of Bill Walton, ‘if they’re cheering you in the opposing gym, you’re doing something wrong.’ I don’t think they’ll be cheering, so he must be doing something right.”
With the Rockets’ 105-103 win over the Thunder on Monday night, the series is heading to a Game 5 on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The Rockets lost close games in Games 2 and 3 before finally pulling out a close one on Wednesday.
“Patrick … uh … I’m sure they’ll cheer really loud for him. They love him there,” forward Chandler Parsons said with a wonderfully sarcastic tone. “Nah, I’m sure he’ll get booed every time he touches the ball but that’s part of it and that’s what makes the playoffs so exciting is how passionate about it and I’m sure it’s not gonna bother him.”