“Pat Bev Is Like an Ant to Luka”: NBA Twitter Goes Head Over Heels After Luka Doncic’s Hilarious Wave to Pat Beverley During Mavs vs. Wolves Breaks the Internet

Published 03/22/2022, 9:01 AM EDT
Mar 21, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) guards Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic has been the face of the Dallas Mavericks ever since he was drafted in 2018. With supreme scoring, passing, and rebounding abilities, the Mavs fans have put their faith in the Slovenian superstar to bring success to Dallas. As has always been the case, Luka has consistently played at a high level since he came into the league.

In a recent matchup against the Timberwolves, Doncic played a critical role in giving the Mavs a 2 point win.

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The win gave the Mavs their 44th win of the season and puts them on the heels of the 4th placed Utah Jazz. One of Luka’s biggest competitors during the game was Patrick Beverley.

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Although Beverley did his best to stop Doncic, it was the latter who had the last laugh. At the end of the game, Doncic seemed to wave Beverley off after shaking hands with him. This took the Twitterverse by storm.

Fans React to Luka Doncic and Patrick Beverley

In reaction to Luka’s wave, many fans trolled Beverley. Moreover, they compared his stature to Luka’s and indicated that Luka was, in fact, telling Beverley to go home.

Furthermore, fans were in support of Doncic. They reminded the Twitterverse of how Doncic almost defeated the Los Angeles Clippers with Patrick Beverley single-handedly in the 2020 playoffs.

Overall, fans simply enjoyed the moment between Doncic and Beverley, especially after Luka’s awkward handshake.

Clearly, the fans seemed to enjoy the moment between the two players. They trolled Beverley, backed up Luka in the comparison between the two players, and above all, simply enjoyed the moment.

Doncic and Beverley

Patrick Beverley has always been known for his tenacity on defense. With active hands, he aims to keep the opposition on their feet and also gets under their skin. Doncic too has gone through this treatment. Not just in the matchup against the Timberwolves, but also in the past, when Beverley was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Luka Doncic on the Dallas Mavericks and Patrick Beverley on the Los Angeles Clippers (Stats are Inclusive of Regular Seasons and Playoffs from 2018-19 Season to 2020-21 Season)
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Although Beverley had the upper hand whenever the two met in the playoffs, Luka’s numbers stood apart from the rest. In fact, he won Game 4 for the Mavs in the 2020 playoffs against the Clippers with a step-back jumper. Regardless, there is still a long way to go for the young star.

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If he wishes to become a legend of the league, winning the title is almost a requirement. Moreover, the expectations on him will be high considering he is the face of the Mavericks taking over from Dirk Nowitzki. Overall, the goal for both Doncic and Beverley is the same for whatever team they represent – win the NBA title.

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Sameer Prasad Koppolu

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Sameer is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having graduated from Manipal Institute of Technology, he has always had a keen interest in basketball and the numbers behind the game. With a goal to become a Sports Performance Analyst for a professional sports team, Sameer brings insights backed by data.

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