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Patrick Beverley says Kevin Durant ‘didn’t want to dribble the ball’ against him

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Lakers Patrick Beverley says Kevin Durant 'didn't want to dribble the ball' against him in Nets loss
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On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-103, and while on “The Pat Bev Podcast with Rone” YouTube show, Patrick Beverley insinuated that Kevin Durant was scared to dribble the ball against him. Go to the 30:16 mark in the video below.

“I took his ball at half, got a blocked shot,” said Beverley. “I mean, I’m a measly 6’1″. So, I don’t think you guys understand the art of defense — sped him up go to s—t , made him double pump a lot, inverted plays, took the big.”

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“I’m getting them coming out body and body them there, checking them here,” mentioned Patrick Beverley. “Come on, man. It’s impressive… He [Durant] didn’t want to dribble the ball against me.”

While Durant led the Nets on the stat sheet with 31 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.0 assists, Beverley ended his outing with only 2.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in 26 minutes of action. The guard also shot 1-of-9 overall.

Despite the Nets losing by 13 points, Durant was not the reason for their loss. The Lakers shot 48.4% from the floor and 40.7% from 3-point range.

Lakers guard Patrick Beverley believes Nets forward Kevin Durant avoided dribbling the ball against him

Through 15 starts this season, the two-time Finals MVP is averaging 30.3 points, 6.5 boards, 5.3 assists, and 1.9 blocks. Plus, he has added two double-doubles and one triple-double to his career total this season.

“He was bringing the ball up,” continued Patrick Beverley. “I’d pick him up, he’d get off it. You know what I’m saying? That’s the thing people don’t understand when it comes to basketball.

I’m ready for you. And I’m picking you up at full court. I’m picking you up at half. Don’t pass, don’t get off of it, let’s f—king go.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Beverley is logging a career-low 4.6 points per game this season. Considering the 11-year veteran has made starts in 11 games with the Lakers, his offensive performances have disappointed a number of fans.

Last season, in 58 starts with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the guard averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 boards, 4.6 assists, and 1.2 steals. Based on his numbers with L.A. so far, Lakers coach Darvin Ham might decide to bring Beverley off the bench.

Evident by social media posts, Kevin Durant is weak psychologically. However, the claim that Durant didn’t want to dribble against Beverley in Sunday’s game is a bit nonsensical. That would have made more sense five years ago.

Through 15 appearances, Durant has recorded eight 30-point games this season.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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