Nuggets' Michael Malone Throws Shade at Patrick Beverley over Jokic Comments

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2020

Los Angeles Clippers' Patrick Beverley (21) disputes a foul with referee Curtis Blair during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
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Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone defended his All-Star center by throwing shade at Patrick Beverley

Despite Nikola Jokic putting up 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinals, the Los Angeles Clippers took a 2-1 series lead thanks to a 113-107 win Monday night. 

Afterward, Beverley told reporters that Jokic does "a lot of flailing, you know, puts a lot of pressure on referees to make the right call."

Speaking to the media Tuesday, Malone dismissed Beverley's comments:

Beverley's comments stemmed in part because Clippers center Ivica Zubac, who was tasked with defending Jokic, fouled out in just 22 minutes. Beverley was the only L.A. starter to finish with a minus rating (-13) and ended up with seven points. 

Malone did point out the free-throw disparity between the two teams in the game. The Nuggets were called for six more fouls (26) than the Clippers (20). Jokic only attempted four free throws in Game 3 and 10 in the series so far. 

The Clippers were able to win after outscoring Denver 29-19 in the fourth quarter. The victory moved them two wins away from the franchise's first appearance in the Western Conference Finals. 

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