Following the Houston Rockets 118-113 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night, Damian Lillard commented on the little things that Rockets guard Patrick Beverley does to try and throw opposing point guards off their game.
“It’s irritating that he’s doing all that little stuff like flopping, tying you up and all that for the whole game. But I don’t really get caught up in that. It’s whatever…You’ve got somebody out there that want to try to be bumping and doing little slick stuff. You know what I mean? I’m not going to buy into it, but I’m also not going to just let it fly. I’m going to say something. I mean, that’s what he does. I don’t really care for that, but I’m just not going to let somebody be all in my chest, doing all this extra stuff. That’s not basketball… Everybody knows what he does to get under people’s skin.”
Lillard fouled out of the game in overtime after being called for an offensive foul when he inadvertently elbowed Beverley in the face as he was driving to the basket.
But Beverley came back at Lillard on Monday when he talked with Matt Thomas on Sports Talk 790 AM, saying:
“Damian Lillard whines, I’m not a big fan of that. I don’t go out there and try to start fights with anybody. I go out there and play my game. Prior to this game, [Lillard] was shooting 29% against me, that’s credit to our team defense. We don’t go out there and try to hurt people or hack people. We go out there and be aggressive on defense and that’s what gets us stops.”
Here’s the interview in its entirety: