Patrick Beverley wanted nothing to do with Marcus Smart comparisons Wednesday night.
Beverley and Smart have often been mentioned in the same breath since they’re high-energy guards who are among the best defenders in the game. And when the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers met at Staples Center, the battle between the two guards was exactly as it was billed to be.
Beverley wasn’t willing to reciprocate, however.
I asked Patrick Beverley what it was like for him & Marcus Smart basically trying to out-do one another.
… Well you don’t usually have anyone out there that matches your intensity.
(scrum ends, Bev turns and scoffs)
“…. match your intensity”
— John Karalis 🇬🇷 (@RedsArmy_John) November 21, 2019
It didn’t stop there. John Karalis, in his 10 observations for MassLive, noted what happened after the media availability concluded.
“After the scrum was over, Beverly scoffed ‘as intense as me…’ to which I asked ‘Do you not agree with the premise of the question?’
“He didn’t respond.”
Unfortunately, there’s no way to actually measure intensity other than with the eye test, so it’s a largely subjective issue.
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