Patrick Beverley knew his job in the playoffs would be difficult. The Rockets point guard is tasked with guarding reigning league MVP Steph Curry. Even the league’s best defenders often fail to contain the Golden State point guard, who is averaging 30 points per game.
Not even six minutes into the first quarter of Saturday’s Game 1, things got chippy between Beverley and Curry. The two locked arms and exchanged shoves before Draymond Green intervened. Beverley and Curry both received technical fouls.
Houston Rockets Patrick Beverley and Stephen Curry given technical fouls after scuffle. pic.twitter.com/CVnbBOYYQi
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Beverley, who was Curry’s teammate on USA Basketball’s U19 team that won gold at the FIBA World Championships in Serbia in 2007, is a notoriously pesky defender. He has rustled up the likes of Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins. Now Curry can be added to that list.
Beverley checked out of the game towards the end of the second quarter. The crowd inside Oracle Arena has booed the point guard every time he’s touched the ball on Saturday.
Golden State currently has a 60-33 lead over Houston at halftime.
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