Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley changed the tenor of last season's Western Conference playoffs when he dove at Russell Westbrook as the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard called a timeout during their first-round series. The play resulted in season-ending surgery for Westbrook, who had yet to miss a game in his NBA career.
They say those who haven't learned from history are doomed to repeat it. That being the case, Beverley seemingly hasn't learned his lesson, as he tried the same trick during Tuesday's game between Houston and Oklahoma City, sparking a brief fracas.
DailyThunder.com's Royce Young did his best to describe the surreal scene in Oklahoma City:
Really though, for Beverley to pull the same move on Westbrook, in the SAME SPOT, is just unreal.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 12, 2014
I would say I can't believe Beverley did that, but then again, I totally can.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 12, 2014
The two point guards later ended up scrambling on the floor for a lose ball, leaving Westbrook once again heated.
It's safe to say these two players don't like each other. MSG Network's Alan Hahn concurs:
That didn’t take long. This is budding into a hell of a personal rivalry. #WestbrookvsBeverley— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) March 12, 2014
And it would appear that this antipathy for Beverley is shared by Westbrook's Thunder teammates. Reserve point guard Reggie Jackson tried to give Rockets star James Harden the same treatment Beverley gave Westbrook, per The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry:
Reggie Jackson returns the favor and runs up on Harden as he's trying to call a timeout.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) March 12, 2014
This drama is far from over.