From the opening tip, the Clippers were going to be physical and not back down from the Warriors. This was a chippy game. Patrick Beverley, the emotional lynchpin of the Clippers, led the way.
Golden State has seen this before. Kevin Durant has dealt with this before, he has a long history with Beverley going back to college.
Beverley was in KD’s face all night, including mocking KD in the third after Beverley was called for a foul and Durant had thrown up his arms and taken a step back on the call. In the fourth quarter they had a couple of confrontations, technicals were handed out, and on the last one a quick whistle came and Durant and Beverley were ejected.
After the game, Beverley denied he did anything.
“I got pushed, I got up, I got ejected,” Beverley said. “I guess the refs saw something that I don’t know but that’s alright.”
The Clippers will make the Durant for Beverley trade every game, which is why after the game Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Durant can’t take the bait. In this case it didn’t impact the game the way Beverley hoped, the Warriors went on a little run after the ejection and went on to win 121-104.