Patrick Beverley co-opts Russell Westbrook’s rock-a-bye-baby celebration

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Thunder star Russell Westbrook has made the rock-a-bye-baby his signature celebration:

Most famously, Westbrook rocked the baby after scoring on longtime-nemesis Patrick Beverley:

As Westbrook explained afterward:

“You got little kids, you gotta put them to sleep. When you got little kids on you, that’s what happens.”

But Beverley used the celebration himself in the Clippers’ win over the Pelicans last night:

That’s intellectual theft! That move belongs to Westbrook, and Beverley — unlike Klay Thompson and Iowa State wide receiver Hakeem Butler — darn sure isn’t paying homage. Beverley is, as usual, trying to get under Westbrook’s skin.

Will it work?

Westbrook probably didn’t see it immediately. He was busy rocking his own baby last night, pulling the move after scoring on Reggie Jackson – yet another nemesis – in Oklahoma City’s win over the Pistons:

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