Beverley ready to be booed
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Patrick Beverley fully expects the boo-birds to come out during Game Five in OKC. He just doesn't really care much about that.
Beverley attempted to steal the ball from Russell Westbrook as the OKC point guard was calling timeout. Westbrook tore his meniscus on the play and will not be returning in this playoff series. Players and coaches from both Houston and Oklahoma City have said they don't think the play was dirty. Thunder fans, though, are not expected to react in a forgiving manner.
"I'm going to hear a lot of boos," Beverley said. "It's going to be a fun though. It's going to be a great atmosphere. It's been a great atmosphere so far in Oklahoma. So hopefully, I relieve some of the pressure off of James (Harden) tonight with the boos."
"We're coming in here as the villain," Chandler Parsons said. "We're the enemy coming in here. They're not going to like us. They're definitely not going to like Patrick, but that doesn't matter. That's not going to take us out of our game plan. It's not going to take us out of our strategy or offense or anything like that. Their crowd is going to be loud and we're just going to have to play through that and that's part of the game."
Through this whole process, Rockets players have said they've got Beverley's back. So through this adversity comes increased team unity.
"I think it helps us, not for only now, but in the long run," Beverley said. "We're all young, but we protect ourselves, on and off the court. In here, if you've been following the team, you know it's a family atmosphere and we'd like to keep it that way."
Beverley's seen much worse in his life, whether it be his rough childhood in the streets of Chicago or dealing with coins being thrown in his face while playing in Russia. So to him, this is no big deal. He's just focused on helping the Rockets win Game Five.
"Just stick to the game plan," Beverley said. "Continue doing what we've been doing, just high energy especially on the defensive end. Just try to get a win today. That's our biggest focus."