Patrick Beverley didn’t hold back
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The Rockets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 137-125, while they came out firing early and never cooled down,ey commanded the game from the outset and throughout, reaching the 100-point mark with 3:36 minutes remaining in the third. Beverley himself put in a poor performance, though, being the only active member of the Rockets who failed to score a single point despite taking six shots.
But it was his actions off the court that really got people talking after the match-up, as in a post-game interview with MacMahon the conversation somehow led to the hot topic of precautionary resting of players.
The following is from MacMahon’s report:
“I think that’s bulls—,” Beverley said after the Rockets’ 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. “I think that’s a disgrace to this league. I think that fans deserve better.
“I could care less about coaches asking players to rest or not. It’s up to you to play or not, and if you don’t, you’re disrespecting the game. And I don’t believe in disrespecting the game, because there was a time where I wasn’t playing in the NBA and I was trying to get here. So me resting, I feel like, is disrespecting me, disrespecting the name on the front of the jersey and disrespecting the name on the back of the jersey.”
NBA players being rested, typically for nationally televised games, has been a pressing issue for several weeks now after many contending franchises such as the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers to name a couple, have been intentionally sitting their big-name players.
Despite missing 11 games after various arthroscopic surgeries, Beverley has been an ever-present force this season for Houston, forming a working relationship with MVP candidate and backcourt colleague, James Harden.
“If you’re feeling OK — a lot of people have been banged up, but if you’re feeling OK, then you should play. That’s what you get paid for. That’s what fans deserve. The fans definitely deserve that. That’s what the city deserves.
“I’m just happy that we’re in position where we’re fortunate to have a team that the main players, the second unit, 1 through 15, if they’re available to play, we play. That’s how our mindset is.”