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Beverley doesn't back down from anyone, which is something that the Rockets will need down the stretch.
Patrick Beverley has become a household name recently but maybe not for the right reasons. He has been exposed in the media as a dirty, relentless player with a chip on his shoulder after getting cut and playing overseas.
Sometimes he may cross the line, like many think he did in the clash against Russell Westbrook in their first rematch since Beverley injured the Thunder player's knee in the playoffs last summer. However, his intentions aren't bad. In fact, they are quite good.
Every time the team gets on the bus, Beverley says, "If your mind’s not on winning, get off of the bus." He has a loud voice in the locker room, and his mentality is all about winning for the team.
He made his way into the NBA from overseas by playing hard-nosed defense. He does an excellent job of getting under the opponents' skin, and he often is able to shut down elite scoring guards because of it. His all-out hustle and persistence keep players from getting comfortable or finding any sort of rhythm.
Jason Friedman at Rockets.com describes him as a "Junkyard Dog," which may sound familiar to longtime Rockets fans. Back in the championship years, Houston had Mario Elie, who was similar in many ways to Beverley. He was an all-out, in-your-face kind of player. He was the enforcer that every championship team needs to make a deep run in the playoffs.
That is Beverley. He will be important in the postseason because of his defense and tough mentality. He just needs to make sure that he doesn't misplace his aggression, which can sometimes cause him to take bad shots or fouls.