Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook separated after exchanging words (Video)

For anyone who saw Game 2 of last year’s playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, it was a near certainty the meeting between the two teams on Tuesday would be worth a watch.

The Thunder won that game, and eventually the series, last April. But, the big story was Russell Westbrook sustaining a torn lateral meniscus that would force him to miss the remainder of the playoffs. The injury occurred when Beverley attempted to steal the ball from Westbrook as the Thunder were getting ready to call at timeout (video below).

beverley-westbrookFast forward to Tuesday, and it didn’t take long for the two to renew acquaintances. Midway through the first quarter, Beverley grabbed Westbrook in nearly the same spot on the floor. Not surprisingly, Westbrook took exception with the gesture. The two exchanged words before eventually being separated.

After Sunday’s game between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers some were wondering if a “rivalry” is forming between Patrick Beverley and Damian Lillard. There probably aren’t many wondering about one between Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook.

Below is the video from last year when Beverley injured Westbrook:

Damian Lillard is not a fan of Patrick Beverley’s tactics on defense

patrick-beverley Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets is one of those players you love if he’s on your favorite team and probably aren’t too fond of if he isn’t.

Beverley is a tough, gritty, ultra-competitive player who has had a tendency to get under the skin of opponents on occasion. He plays a high-pressure style of defense and can be a pest for the player he’s guarding. It’s not necessarily the prettiest thing to watch, but it’s effective and makes the Rockets a better team.

During Sunday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Patrick Beverley and Damian Lillard were separated after exchanging words. Then, in overtime Lillard was whistled for this sixth foul, a charge against Beverley, that resulted in the All-Star guard watching the rest of the contest from the bench.

After the game, Lillard commented on his matchup with Beverley.

“It’s irritating,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “But I was locked into the game to be one hundred percent honest with you. It’s irritating that he’s doing all that little stuff like flopping, tying you up and all that for the whole game. But I don’t really get caught up in that. It’s whatever.”

“If he thinks I’m flopping, that’s on him, not me,” Beverley told CSNNW.com. “We won. That’s all I care about.”

The way Patrick Beverley plays doesn’t lend itself to many favorable comments from players on the other team. Damian Lillard isn’t the first and won’t be the last person to take offense with something Beverley does or says on the court. But like Beverley said, he’s just here to win games and the Rockets are 31-13 this season when he starts.

Rockets PG Patrick Beverley confirms Dwight Howard is going to Houston

Dwight Howard still has not made an official announcement about his free agent plans, but Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley seemed to confirm all the reports saying that Dwight has chosen Houston.

Beverley, who wore No. 12 last season, tweeted that he will be switching to No. 21 with Dwight on the team:

Patrick Beverley Dwight Howard

Beverley later deleted the tweet.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey still has not confirmed that Howard will be joining the team:

We’re still guessing Howard signs with Houston.