WATCH: Patrick Beverley Shoves Rajon Rondo in Heated Trash-Talk Against Lakers

Published 11/13/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Nov 8, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) reacts after a basket during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports


Patrick Beverley decided to add fuel to the fire on Friday, in Minnesota Timberwolves’ dominant victory over the Lakers. It was another horrid outing for Frank Vogel’s side, with only two players scoring in double digits.

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The winners from two seasons ago started on a bright note, but things went tumbling down from there on. In a heated incident during the game, former Clippers star Beverley incited a heated exchange with experienced Laker Rajon Rondo.

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The 2021-22 season hasn’t been all that fruitful for LeBron James and co. thus far. A key feature of the counterpart LA franchise for many years, Beverley never backs down from a challenge.

Over the years, he is known to stir things up. The 33-year-old is infamously known for his epic take down of the Warriors, when he claimed that the side was a minnow without Brooklyn Nets starlet Kevin Durant. So against the Lakers, as his unit romped towards an important victory, the guard fired his shots at an onlooking Rondo.

Patrick Beverley talks trash to Lakers’ Rajon Rondo

It was a great night for Beverley, who scored 11 points and contributed on various fronts. With the Lakers too busy in their attempt to quell the Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell threats, the #22 ran riot. This helped improve his side’s record in the West, although they are still outside the top-10. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis admitted that the roster needs to buck up if they are to be title contenders this year.

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Nov 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In the absence of James, the Lakers looked rattled. While on defensive duties in the third quarter, they conceded a potential three-point play to Beverley himself. After scoring the two-pointer and earning the free throw, the 2017 Hustle Award winner stormed towards the LA bench. With Rondo looking on at him, Beverley talked trash to the fellow guard, and walked away with a wry smile on his face. Take a look.

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Teams are managing to get into the minds of the Lakers. They are being outplayed far too easily, and cannot close out games. Provided they are to spin their season around, a total refresh button has to get switched on as soon as possible.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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