Patrick Beverley Gets Rocked By Steven Adams’ Hall Of Fame Brick Wall…Then Refs Call Phantom Foul For Harden
As fatal as Steve Adams’s brick wall screen on Patrick Beverley looked, I’m cool with the refs not calling a foul — I think the old white ladies behind the scorers table will disagree with me. But, I’m not cool with the refs, seconds later, calling a phantom foul on Roberson that led to three free-throws by James Harden.
Anyways, I guess Harden deserved an extra call here and there because he played like a man deserving of the MVP award with a game-high 37 points, 9 assists and 7 boards. The other MVP candidate, Russell Westbrook, flirted with a triple-double (22/11/7) but had a pretty awful game, missing 17 of his 23 shots and turning the ball over 9 times! A lot of his struggles should be contributed to the defense of Beverley, who had an impressive 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting, 10 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals in just 26 minutes and refused to take credit for Westbrook’s struggles.
“It was a team effort in just trying to show him a lot of bodies,” he said. “He’s one of the most explosive guards in this league, so we were just trying to make it tough on him.”