Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverly probably won’t be seen taking club pics together during the offseason this summer.
Ironically enough – due to injuries to both players – Tuesday night was their first meeting since last year’s playoffs where Beverly took a controversial dive at the ball instead shredding Russy’s meniscus and Oklahoma City’s Finals hopes in the process. All while Westbrook was attempting to call timeout.
Fast forward to last night, Russy was attempting to call timeout once more (damn-near in the same spot, at that) and Beverly took a swipe at the ball causing words to be exchanged and sides pulling the other to their respective bench.
Truth be told, it’s difficult to be mad at Pat Bev for attempting to gain some sort of psychological advantage. Russy’s the much, much better player. And there’s also the running chance Russ becomes so agitated he not only gets out of his game, but more importantly throws the Thunder out of a rhythm by doing so. Basketball, in particular playoff-level basketball, requires equally as much mental savvy as it does physical dominance.
But there’s also the chance Beverly gets folded up like a lawn chair and power-bombed through the rim, too. There’s also that other guy on Oklahoma City that’s marginally decent as well.
Fighting off the curse of Lil B for at least one night, the league’s leading scorer and MVP candidate dropped an effortless 42 points in a 106-98 win. The mark is KD’s eleventh time hitting the plateau this season, more than twice than anyone else in the league. The mark also confirms his 29th consecutive game of at least 25 points. The only streak longer in the past 30 years is 40 by that bald headed character from Chicago in the 1986-87 season.
The loss snapped Houston’s five-game winning streak. And interestingly enough, Dwight Howard has three games this season where he has played more than 25 minutes while scoring less than 10 points. Two just so happen to be against Oklahoma City.
— The positive for Dallas – Dirk tied John Havlicek for 12th all time on the career scoring list. The negative – they were walked by the Warriors who employed a balanced scoring effort for their fifth straight win, 108-85. Here’s an interesting note, too. Curry’s only averaging 27 minutes per game during the streak.
— Ever since Marc Gasol returned from injury, the Grizzlies have been a completely different squad. Last night’s 109-99 home victory over Portland improved them to 20-7 since the big man’s (19-9-7 on Tuesday) insertion back into the lineup January 14.
— San Antonio’s 104-96 victory over Chicago was their seventh in a row. Yep, it’s that time of the year again.
— The Bucks lost again last night (112-102 to the Timberwolves). Water is also still wet.
— Indy finally snapped their four-game losing streak by upending Boston 94-83. Andrew Bynum also made Pacers fans smile by grabbing 10 rebounds in limited action.
— Despite being put on a poster, Andre Drummound got the best of DeMarcus Cousins in a Detroit 99-89 victory over Sacramento. Boogie dropped his usual double-double, but did so on a paltry 5-15 shooting.