You’d be hard-pressed to find two bigger competitors than Beverley and Westbrook. You’d also be hard-pressed to find two guys who like each other less. Their history goes back to to 2013 when Beverley collided with Westbrook’s knee, resulting in a torn meniscus.
Beverley’s third-seeded Rockets bounced the No. 6 Thunder from the playoffs in five games, but the two didn’t depart each other without exchanging a couple of verbal jabs, following a dust up in Game 5.
Apparently, during their disagreement, Beverley went full Tony Allen and said something about being first-team All-Defense. Far be it from Westbrook not to remind him that’s a feat he’s yet to achieve. Westbrook finished with a game-high 47 points. So, Beverley chided his efficiency.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue gave his players a challenge in the playoff series against the Raptors: Don’t fall for a pump fake by DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry.
As Cleveland.com reports, Lue said if one of his players fell for the move, he would be fined $100. With Lowry out the final two games with a sprained ankle, the challenge Best Site To Buy Cheap Jerseys became a little easier, but J.R. Smith fell victim to DeRozan in Game 4.
Lue didn’t even wait before collecting his cash as he forced Smith to pay up in the locker room after the game.
Overall though, Smith did a great job defensively all series as he was tasked with stopping DeRozan. The Raptors All-Star is difficult to stop and the fact Smith fell for only one pump fake in four games shows that he’s up for the task to play strong defense.