For Timberwolves point guard Patrick Beverley, Tuesday’s play-in tournament win over the Clippers was personal.
Beverley – who spent four years with Los Angeles before being traded to the Grizzlies last August – was moved to tears after forcing a late turnover for a 109-104 win that punched the T’Wolves’ ticket to the playoffs. It is Minnesota’s first playoff appearance since 2018.
Immediately following the win, Beverley hopped onto the scorer’s table near the Clippers bench and began celebrating, calling out to the home crowd as LA looked on. He then threw his jersey into the crowd and ran around the square.
“Bring them home,” Beverley said of what he said to his former teammates while celebrating after regulation.
“Long flight to LA. Take her home It’s deeper than that for me. I have given my blood, sweat and tears to this organization. You know the story.”
The point guard, who has become one of Minnesota’s most influential players in his freshman year with the team, hugged his mother Lisa on the court. His leap up the points table was similar to what T-Wolves legend Kevin Garnett did after guiding them to the 2004 Western Conference Finals.
The celebrations continued in the dressing room, where Beverley – who the Timberwolves renewed in February – cursed his former team.
“Weak clippers. Beat them motherf-kin’ ass,” Beverley said live on Instagram.
In the post-game press conference, Beverley got emotional and explained what the win meant to him.
“Blood, sweat and tears just being written off like, ‘He’s injury prone. He sold.’ This, this, that, that. Being able to come over here and play them in a play-in and slap them in the ass, no different feeling, man. No different feeling,” said Beverley after the game.
“Man, I wanted this so bad. That’s just the icing on the cake. Play-in to be able to beat them… scraped another goal. I told you we were going to the playoffs. Most of y’all looked at me like I was crazy the first time I said that. I told you all.”
After the game, Beverley tweeted “I told y’all so” with a bunch of wolf and heart emojis. “We’re celebrating because MINNESOTA DESERVES TO. MUCH PAIN OVER THE RECENT YEARS. BE HAPPY FOR US” he wrote in a separate tweet.
Clippers forward Paul George was not a fan of Beverley’s “antics,” which he addressed in his post-game press conference.
“They have guys who are a little bit more confident. His energy and personality rubbed off, it had an impact on this squad,” said George, who scored 34 points for Los Angeles in the loss. The Clippers now meet the Spurs-Pelicans play-in winner on the eighth Wednesday.
“I know what is important in this game. I wouldn’t allow Pat to do his antics and try to upset me. I knew it was all just for show. It’s for the crowd. Include the crowd. I love it. I love it. I miss it. He did it on our side because it’s contagious. I think when he’s in that mode it ignites the team, ignites the arena. Guys like that need energy.”
However, Beverley was on a mission to upset his former team.
“I told you so, Ant,” he said to Anthony Edwards, Minnesota’s 2020 first-round pick, who dropped 30 points in the win. “You didn’t believe me. We’re going to the playoffs, baby. They looked at me like I was crazy. They said, ‘Pat, you’re crazy!’”
Minnesota will play the second-placed Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first round playoff series on Saturday.
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