Patrick Beverley's fire and intensity showed in Wednesday's Game 2, not just with his on-court production, but also with his battle with Russell Westbrook.
In his first-ever NBA start, Beverley finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds (including five offensive), and six assists. However, from the view of OKC nation, he was perhaps something of a pest, at one point diving for a ball as Westbrook was preparing to call a timeout and, in doing so, knocking the Thunder point guard to the ground. Westbrook did not look pleased when he got up.
"I don't care what your status is, any of that," Beverley said. "I'm just trying to win basketball games, so whatever it takes. If someone gets frustrated, someone gets frustrated. By the end of the day, I'm there to play basketball and help the Rockets win, so that's my only focus."
Asked about his on-court conversations with Westbrook, Beverley could not fully come out with it.
"There'd be a lot of bleeping out if I told you," Beverley said with a chuckle. "But Russell's a great player. He's an All-Star, top-three point guard in the league right now, but there's going to be high emotions, they want to win, we want to win. But at the end of the day, it's basketball. It's homecourt."
While many suggested Beverley got under Westbrook's skin, Beverley's not so sure about that.
"I don't know," Beverley said. "He got 29 points, so I guess I didn't do too well."
After Beverley showcased his fierce style on the NBA's grandest stage, many around the basketball world would probably offer a different opinion.