Patrick Beverley, a key return in the trade involving Chris Paul, missed most of his first season with the LA Clippers due to injury. Now healthy, the feisty guard is looking forward to making his mark in the Western Conference.
Knowing that the Western Conference is loaded with talented perimeter scorers, Beverley’s defensive abilities will make him quite valuable for Doc Rivers in 2018-19. Beverley has long been known as one of the best defensive stoppers in the game, but he was limited to just 12 games last year due to a knee injury.
Beverley’s excitement has not just translated to his knee rehabilitation, where he cut three months off of the expected nine-month turnaround. He knows about the headlines taking place with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he’s embracing them.
“I am just fortunate to be at such a great ball club with a great coaching staff, great management, a great owner, great teammates to be able to perform for you guys every single night,” Beverley said. “We are the best team in L.A. I know Lawrence Frank didn’t give you guys exactly what you wanted to hear but I’ll tell y’all right now, we are the best team in L.A. for sure.”
If the Clippers can remain healthy, there is no reason why they can’t challenge for the Western Conference playoffs. The team was decimated by injuries a season ago and still managed to finish 42-40, narrowly missing the playoffs. If the organization can keep its big players, namely Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic healthy, they have a great shot at the postseason.
Beverley will play a key role in those aspirations. “We are going to give our best effort every night and we are making the playoffs. The makeup of our team, the depth of our team, we are fortunate to be playing for a great city like L.A.,” he added.
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