While it may have appeared Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley was getting under Kevin Durant's skin during Game 1 on Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors All-Star apparently enjoyed the battle.
"I've been playing against Pat Beverly since he was at Arkansas, so I kind of know what he brings", Durant said minutes later in the postgame press conference.
These teams are meeting for just the second time in the postseason after the Clippers took a seven-game series in the first round in 2014 when the California franchises had a deep dislike for each other. "He's got four to play with".
Kevin Durant climbing past Nowitzki and Steph rising above Jesus Shuttlesworth on the same night underscores the extent to which the Warriors have rewritten the record books and left an enduring imprint on the postseason story of professional basketball.
"He took the bait ... If you lose it's not the end of the world", Kerr said. "We talked about it for the last couple of days".More news: Man City boss Guardiola: Sane knows why he's not playing
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Like Durant, Beverley said he had fun.
Beverley, who missed last Sunday's 131-104 loss at Oracle because of a right hip pointer and was booed during pregame introductions, didn't score in the first half and wound up with three points on 1-for-7 shooting, seven assists and seven rebounds.
The first double technicals were called when the duo got into it as KD looked to complete a fastbreak and got fouled. As Kerr noted, a player needs seven techs to trigger an automatic suspension in the playoffs, no matter how far the player's team advances.
"There's always little things within the game, and so there's always stuff going on out there on the floor", Green said. He took the bait.