‘No Soft Boys Over Here’

Patrick Beverley is a persistent pest, but Ja Morant is not afraid.

The Timberwolves and Grizzlies face off in the first round of the NBA Playoffs in a series that promises plenty of drama. Beverley, fresh off a characteristically stubborn performance that saw the Wolves dusting off his former Clippers team in the Play-In tournament — and profanely crowing about it afterwards — also has reasons to be motivated to tease the Grizzlies.

Memphis traded for Beverley last offseason but traded him to Minnesota before ever playing a game for the Grizzlies.

Morant, speaking to reporters this week, wasn’t afraid of Beverly.

“I’m not cowering from smoke,” Morant said. “We’re going up the chimney. It’s as simple as that. There’s no talking about not letting anyone get under their skin. When someone comes at you, you cannot back down. This is a soft person tendency. We don’t have soft guys here.”

Yes Morant is not afraid of Patrick Beverley.
Ja Morant says he’s not afraid of Patrick Beverley.
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Morant and Beverly had a trash speech exchange when the teams played each other in January. In February, after the Wolves defeated the Grizzlies, Beverley crowed on Twitter.

“Damn, Memphis Grizz, no crazy dancing or talking tonight, huh.” he tweeted with the “hmm” emoji. “[A]wwww ok good luck for the rest of the way.”

It was somewhat overshadowed by how far the Phoenix Suns were ahead of the rest of the league, but the Grizzlies had the second-best record in the NBA this season at 56-26. This is despite Morant, who at one point was a contender to win the MVP award and missed 25 games with injuries.

Be sure to get your popcorn ready for some physicality in this series. ‘No Soft Boys Over Here’


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