In the closing stages of Sunday’s loss by the Lakers against the Bulls, Patrick Beverley did what he does best and started trolling. It was a bold move for a man that was going to see the same team again three days later and one that, shockingly, didn’t pan out well for him.
But on a list of players to get revenge for the Lakers in this situation, I doubt many would have had Austin Reaves doing the deed.
As they were capping off their own bounce-back victory and exacting some revenge in Chicago on Wednesday, Reaves scored over Beverley and returned the message to the former Lakers guard.
Too small @patbev21 pic.twitter.com/960p8nABTZ— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 30, 2023
AUSTIN REAVES “TOO SMALL” ON PAT BEV pic.twitter.com/aBq2zL98J7— pickuphoop (@pickuphoop) March 30, 2023
Yo!!! pic.twitter.com/hznClZ6aT9— kelly (@11_blocks) March 30, 2023
After the game, Reaves talked about dropping the “too small” gesture on Beverley and claimed he didn’t plan it out during the game.
“Second question,,,,” Austin Reaves laughs about how quickly his “too small” came up postgame. pic.twitter.com/aAhjlnm6mD— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 30, 2023
On Sunday, Beverley was all over the place to make sure everyone knew the Bulls got the better of the Lakers. In addition to the “too small” gesture after scoring in the same vicinity as LeBron James, he also trash-talked Shannon Sharpe on the sideline, too.
Pat Bev did the "too small" on LeBron pic.twitter.com/VweeoypwXJ— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 26, 2023
Patrick Beverley let Shannon Sharpe know that the Lakers stink pic.twitter.com/kwNmR0kz5I— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 26, 2023
Well before the two meetings this week, Beverley spoke about wanting to eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs, a mission he spent months working on while he was donning purple and gold this season. With another chance to do that on Wednesday and really solidify his trash talk, though, Pat Bev finished with 0 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 turnover in 25 minutes and a game-worst plus-minus of minus-32.
Turns out the only thing that was too small on Wednesday was Beverley’s impact on the game.
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