Following last night's Rockets' 118-113 overtime win over the Portland Trailblazers, there was no doubt emotions were running high. So when Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was asked about what it was like to be guarded by a player like Patrick Beverley, Lillard didn't mince words.
"You got somebody out there that wants to be bumping and doing little slick stuff," said Lillard after the game. "I'm not going to buy into it, but I'm also not going just to let it fly, I'm going to say something. That's what he does, and I don't really care for that. I'm not going to let somebody be all in my chest and doing all this extra stuff. That's not basketball."
Lillard finished the game with 21 points, four assists, and seven turnovers.
"Everybody knows what he does to get under people's skin," Lillard added.
On Monday, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley made his weekly appearance on The Matt Thomas Show on SportsTalk790 and addressed Lillard's comments.
"The way I guard him, the way I guard Steph Curry, the way I guard Chris Paul, the way I guard Goran Dragic," Beverley responded, "I guard all players the same. I don't look at film on players. I don't look at players' habits. I go out there and impose my will on people and I do what I do, and I'm aggressive on defense."
Beverley finished with six steals in the game, before fouling out in overtime.
"Damian Lillard whines," Beverley added. "I'm not a big fan of that. I don't go out there and try to start fights with anybody. I go out there and play my game."
Ironically, Lillard fouled out of the game before Beverley, as both players picked up their sixth fouls in the extra period.
"Prior to this game, [Lillard] was shooting 29% against me," said Beverley. "That's credit to our team defense. We don't go out there and try to hurt people or hack people. We go out there and be aggressive on defense and that's what gets us stops."
Hear Beverley's entire interview here: