Patrick Beverley: No intent to injure Russell Westbrook

Following the news of Russell Westbrook’s knee injury – which will sideline the Oklahoma City Thunder star indefinitely – attention turned to the player that caused the injury, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley. While he was initially not sorry about the contact that occurred during the play that ultimately caused the injury, Beverley told reporters yesterday that he did not intend to hurt Westbrook.



“A lot of people do it throughout the league,” he said. “Anyone who knows me, I don’t go out there and try to hurt anybody. I play at one speed, that’s fast. I crash for offensive rebounds. I was just trying to make a play on the ball before they called timeout, and a play like that I’ll continue to say, it’s just unfortunate right now.”

Beverley went on to say that it was an “unfortunate situation,” as he was looking forward to continuing to battle with Westbrook and a Thunder team at full-health. He didn’t consider the play – which occurred after OKC called a timeout – to be dirty. You can check out the replay and come to your own conclusion.

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