For Timberwolves point guard Patrick Beverley, Tuesday’s tournament win against the Clippers was personal.
Beverley, who spent four years with Los Angeles before being traded to the Grizzlies last August, was made cry after forcing a late fumble for a 109-104 win that marked the T’Wolves’ ticket to the playoffs. It’s Minnesota’s first playoff appearance since 2018.
Immediately after the win, Beverley climbed onto the scorer’s table near the Clippers’ dugout and began to celebrate, yelling at the home crowd as LA looked on. He then threw his jersey into the crowd and ran around the court.
“Take your ass home,” Beverley said of what he said to his former teammates while celebrating after regulation time.
“Long flight to Los Angeles Take your ass home. It’s deeper than that for me. I gave my blood, sweat and tears to that organization. You know the story.
The point guard, who has become one of Minnesota’s most impactful players in his first year with the team, hugged his mother, Lisa, on the court. His jump to the scoring charts was similar to what T-Wolves legend Kevin Garnett did after leading them to the Western Conference finals in 2004.
The celebrations continued in the locker room, where Beverley, who was extended by the Timberwolves in February, cursed his former team.
“Weak clippers. Punch their fucking asses,” Beverley said on Instagram live.
At the post-game press conference, Beverley got emotional and explained what the win meant to him.
“Blood, sweat and tears, to be written off like, ‘He’s injury prone. He sold.’ This, this, that, that. To be able to come here and play them in a play-in and beat the crap out of them, no other feelings, man. No other feelings,” Beverley said after the game.
“Man, I wanted this one so much. This is just the icing on the cake, the icing on the cake. Play-in, to be able to beat them… Another scratched goal. I told you we were going to the playoffs. Most of you looked at me like I was crazy when I first said that. I told everyone.”
After the game, Beverley tweeted, “I told y’all,” with a bunch of wolf and heart emojis. “We celebrate because MINNESOTA DESERVES THIS. A LOT OF PAIN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. BE HAPPY FOR US”, he wrote in a separate tweet.
Clippers forward Paul George was not a fan of Beverley’s “antics,” which he referred to in his postgame news conference.
“They have guys that are a little bit more confident. His energy and his personality, you know, rubbed off, had an impact on that list,” said George, who scored 34 points for Los Angeles in the loss. The Clippers will now face the winner of the Spurs-Pelicans play-in game for the eighth seed on Wednesday.
“I know what was going into this game. I wasn’t going to let Pat do her clowning around and try to get on my nerves. I knew it’s all for show. It’s for the crowd. Gets the crowd involved. I love it. I love it. I miss him. He did it on our side because it’s contagious. I think when he’s in that mode, he turns on the team, turns on the arena. You need energy, guys like that.”
However, Beverley was on a mission to upset her old team.
“I told you, Ant,” he told Minnesota’s 2020 first-round pick Anthony Edwards, who scored 30 points in the win. “They didn’t believe me. We’re going to the playoffs, honey. They looked at me like I was crazy. They said, ‘Pat, you’re crazy!’”
Minnesota will play the second-seeded Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.