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Patrick 'Red Bull' Beverley: BlazersMakr Appreciation Thread

So, today, the guys at Grantland published an excellent appreciation thread for Patrick Beverley.

Simmons:

I fell in basketball love with Beverley at a Clips-Rockets game earlier this season. He spent the entire game agitating Chris Paul, defending him for 94 feet, making him miserable and basically trying to start a fight with him.
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He’s like one of those old-school playoff hockey antagonists (think Claude Lemeiux back in the day, or Brad Marchand right now) who thrives on pissing off opposing players, coaches and fans, to the point that you keep waiting for someone to sucker punch him in the handshake line after the series ends. He’s going to be an unbelievably entertaining X factor for the playoffs. I love him to death. He’s single-handedly turning the Rockets into a tough team. And by the way? I would HATE playing against him. Wouldn’t you?

Yes, Patrick Beverley needs a nickname.

Ryan:

This was always going to be a good offensive team that could pour on the points. With Patrick they actually have some swagger. I never thought I would say this about this Houston team, but they’re pretty tough!

Sharp:

Red Bull, though? A brand name that everyone knows? Something full of unnatural energy that’s almost definitely hazardous to public health?

It’s too perfect to deny, and it makes me love Patrick Beverley even more than I already did.

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In Dave' Houston post-game, I attempted to defend Houston and Harden from the numerous Blazer fans complaining.

http://www.blazersedge.com/2014/3/9/5489650/portland-trail-blazers-vs-houston-rockets-james-harden-dwight-howard#219761749

http://www.blazersedge.com/2014/3/9/5489650/portland-trail-blazers-vs-houston-rockets-james-harden-dwight-howard#219798703

I truly believe the way Harden plays gives his team the best chance to win on a nightly basis.

Listening to Blazer fans complain about the Rockets getting more foul shots is disheartening. It's whining that isn't based on any logic. Houston has Dwight Howard, and they drive the ball to the hole more than every other team by a huge margin. Of course they're going to have more foul shots than every other team (as I stated in my comments, refs have good nights; refs have bad nights. However, you should expect the Rockets to get more foul shots on any given night).

Flopping doesn't mean that you have no respect for the game; it means that you understand the rules of the game, and are providing your team with the best chance to win.

I truly do wish the Blazers would adjust their game to play more like Harden and Beverley.

Harden for his incessant 'driving' and 'selling the call/flopping'...

Beverley for his defensive metal...

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Beverley absolutely dominating:

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This coming offseason, for the Blazers to make the transition to the next level, we are going to need to come up with that 'edge', that 'swagger', that defensive emphasis, that toughness.

For over a decade, the Blazers haven't had that toughness. Sure, the Vanilla Gorilla provided it at times, but it was an individual toughness, rather than a toughness that pervades the team, a toughness that makes the team want to fight for the win.

Dennis Rodman, Ron Artest, Bruce Bowen, Patrick Beverley... these guys give their teams a level of toughness that quite frankly we need, if we are going to make that next step.

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Could Wes re-make himself into that guy? Yes.

Before Wes was a Blazer, he was an undrafted defensive superstar for the Jazz. I can remember watching the Lakers vs Jazz playoff series on NBA TV after we acquired Wes, and was blown away by his fiesty-ness. Kobe looked like he wanted to punch Wes in the face for the majority of that series.

In the 4 games against the Lakers, Wes had 9 steals and 2 blocks. In the 6 games against the Nuggets, Wes had 9 steals and 3 blocks. In that Jazz playoff run (10 games), Wes had 18 steals and 5 blocks.

I don't know if Wes can re-find that edge, that defensive presence; again, not his individual defensive presence, but that team aura defensive presence that earned him the starting role from Jerry Sloan so quickly after being an undrafted rookie.

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Remember, Sloan was known for his fiesty-ness:

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Coming back to Ryan' quote:

This was always going to be a good offensive team that could pour on the points. With Patrick they actually have some swagger. I never thought I would say this about this Houston team, but they’re pretty tough!

The Blazers are always going to be a good offensive team that can pour in the points. Where are they going to find that swagger? Where are they going to find that toughness?

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I've previously expressed my admiration and respect for Ron Artest.

http://www.blazersedge.com/2014/2/25/5445178/mettaripcity#217278115

He gets under your skin, he plays you hard, he gives you that extra physical shot to the chest, he plays you tough.

The same things we praised the Vanilla Gorilla for...

Patrick Beverley is a current-generation tough player... he's the X-factor that makes Houston a threat in the playoffs.

The epitome of the 'I hate him when he plays against our team' and 'I love him because he's on my team.'

Where are the Blazers going to find our toughness?

Wes Matthews? Robin Lopez? Joel Freeland? Thomas Robinson? Nic Batum?

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Steph Curry discussing how Beverley makes him better:

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Blazer fans need to stop whining about teams that have defensive toughness and root for the Blazers to find some of their own.

Blazer fans need to stop whining about flopping, and embrace the practical reality of the current NBA.

The Blazers need to stop their whining, and find their toughness.... be it with our current squad, or with the front office finding some toughness with the mid-level exception this coming offseason.

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I look forward to a 7 game series with Houston.

Bring it!

We hung in there at Houston. An overtime road game is a 'moral win' for a game we expected to lose.

We won in December vs the Rockets...

Why not provide yet another BRoy comparison for Lillard:

* 6th overall pick
* Rookie of the Year
* All-star in their Sophomore Year
* Blazer starting guard from day 1
* Houston as their first playoff opponent? Bring it...

Let us hope that Beverley doesn't provide the same difference that Artest did in the BRoy series:

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Go Blazers!

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