The Portland Trail Blazers may have blown a 25-point lead over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, but the biggest storyline of this contest was the budding feud between guards Damian Lillard and Patrick Beverley.
Beverley is known for being a defensive pest on the hardwood, and because of that, he’s made an enemy or two during his NBA years.
Lillard has been on this list since May, when a social media spat erupted after he tried to defend Chris Paul following Beverley’s comments on TV calling the Phoenix Suns keep a traffic cone during the NBA playoffs last year.
While on the free throw line in the second quarter of that game – a setting in which the Blazers beat the Lakers 45-13 to retire in the first half – Beverley was seen yelping at Lillard, who was on the free-throw line. Lillard continued to respond to him.
It got to the point where the referees stopped play and called a technical foul on Beverley, who continued to talk to Lillard as he walked away.
Los Angeles would end up winning in stunning fashion for Blazers fans, 121-112, as LeBron James scored 37 points, leading all scorers, on the comeback. Lillard didn’t have his best night from the floor, shooting 5 for 17, though he had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes of play.
Beverley had four points, two rebounds and two assists, but the big stat for him is still over/under while on the court, which is a plus-27.
He also poked fun at Lillard’s patented “Dame Time” celebration as it was clear the Lakers were poised to win the game. Beverley looked like she was tapping a watch on her wrist and motioned to take it off and put it in her pocket as he left the floor.
But that was not all. When a certain reporter asked Beverley after the game about his performance and mentioned that Lillard had a “slow shooting night”, the Lakers guard objected, which would end up causing drama on social networks.
“If he had cooked me, you would have said, ‘I couldn’t keep him. But he misses a few shots and it’s a “slow shooting night”. “Good job on Dame ‘sounds better,'” Beverley told the reporter.
When this video surfaced on Twitter, Lillard said, “Con man. Go back over the edge. Lillard is referencing Bernie Mac’s character in the 1994 basketball movie ‘Above the Rim.’
Beverley tweeted nearly an hour after Lillard on Monday to say, “He’s crazy. Entertaining,” which is supposedly about Lillard.
This feud will have some time to escalate before these Western Conference foes face off again on Feb. 13 in Portland.