So I'm just reading this article (yeah it's a BR article, cut me some slack, I'm bored).
The guy is reporting on Lillards comments about Beverley;
The terms "doing little slick stuff" and "that's not basketball" seem to imply that Lillard feels Beverley is a "dirty" player or using some sort of underhanded tactics.Youíve got somebody out there that want to try to be bumping and doing little slick stuff. You know what I mean? Iím not going to buy into it, but Iím also not going to just let it fly. Iím going to say something. I mean, thatís what he does. I donít really care for that, but Iím just not going to let somebody be all in my chest, doing all this extra stuff. Thatís not basketball.
And Lillard isn't the only one, a lot of people have had issues with Beverley....
Westbrook tore his meniscus during a steal attempt by Beverley
And then there's this...
So my question has two parts;
1. From what you have seen do you think Beverley is a dirty player or is using underhanded tactics while defending?
2. If he is using underhanded tactics, do you condone it? I mean there's a difference between playing dirty (elbows in the throat, targeting guys injured areas etc) and using some "little slick stuff"
My opinion, I really, really like Beverleys game, I think he's underrated. I've seen him play guys like Lillard, CP3, Curry, Dragic etc just as well as anyone else in the league. Defensively, he's one of the best in his position. And the "little slick stuff", yeah, he does that, a lot. BUT I'm okay with it, like I said, it's not like he's deliberately hurting guys or targeting an injured limb or anything. I remember during the Warriors game, every time Curry would try and run along the baseline to lose him, Beverley would just nudge him out of bounds to slow him down and kill the play or tug on his jersey to slow him down and break up a play. It's clever, IMO, it's almost like a throwback to how guards defended in previous eras, and if the refs call it, he just has to live with it. I like it, as long as it doesn't cross that line.