Pat Bev was Doing Pat Bev Things Last Night

It didn't take long to realize that the L.A. Clippers were going to win last night's game against the Utah Jazz. Paul George was locked in. Marcus Morris was somehow draining threes like Klay Thompson. The Jazz were fouling like crazy.  In fact, Clippers Head Coach Ty Lue felt so good about his team's grip on the game that he gave Patrick Beverley a sizeable opportunity to get under the Jazz's skin. And boy, did Beverley make the most of it. 

Beverley was in full Pat Bev mode this game, which is promising given the fact that he was nearly reduced to vapour last series after being charged with the impossible task of guarding Luka Doncic. Beverley was an agitator on the court, continually finding increasingly creative ways of getting right up in Jazz players' business.


Beverley's performance peaked about halfway through the fourth quarter, during which he and Jazz star Donovan Mitchell engaged in a full-blown tug-of-war for the ball. Beverley was noticeably aggressive, and Mitchell was noticeably frustrated:

Beverley is probably feeling good after his team's win, especially given the recent resurgence of Russell Westbrook's famous "Pat Bev trick y'all" line regarding his defense:

Patrick Beverley had four blocks in his 20 minutes of playing time, as well as a plus-3 rating on the night along with three rebounds, three assists, and two points. He and the Clippers hope to take the series lead in Utah on Wednesday at 10:00 P.M. E.T. 

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