For the Timberwolves point guard Patrick Beverley, Tuesday’s play-in tournament victory against the Clippers was personal.
Beverley – who spent four years with Los Angeles before being handed out to the Grizzlies last August – was brought to tears after forcing a late turnover to a 109-104 victory that beat the T’Wolves’ ticket to the playoffs. It is the first playoff appearance for Minnesota since 2018.
Immediately after the victory, Beverley jumped up on the goal scorer’s table near the Clippers bench and started celebrating and shouting into the home crowd while LA watched. Then he threw his jersey into the crowd and ran around the track.
“Take them home,” Beverley said of what he told his former teammates as he celebrated after the regulation.
“Long flight to LA Take them home. It’s deeper than that for me. I gave my blood and sweat and tears to that organization. You know the story.”
The point guard, who has become one of Minnesota’s most influential players in his first year with the team, hugged his mother, Lisa, on the field. His jump on the goal scorer table was similar to what T-Wolves legend Kevin Garnett did after leading them to the final of the 2004 Western Conference.
The festivities continued in the locker room, where Beverley – who the Timberwolves extended in February – scolded his former team.
“Weak ass Clippers. Beat their mother’s ass,” Beverley said live on Instagram.
At the post-match press conference, Beverley was emotional and elaborated on what the victory meant to him.
“Blood, sweat and tears, just to be written off like, ‘he’s hurt. He sold.’ “This, that, that, that. To be able to come here and play them in a play-in and beat those asses, no other feeling, man. No other feeling,” Beverley said after the match.
“Man, I really wanted this one. This is just the icing on the cake, the cherry on top. Play-in, to be able to beat them… another goal was scratched off. I told you we were going to the playoffs “Most of you all looked at me like I was crazy when I first said it. I told you all.”
After the fight, Beverley tweeted, “Told y’all,” with a bunch of wolf and heart emojis. “We celebrate it because MINNESOTA DESERVES THIS. MANY PAINS THE LAST FEW YEARS. BE HAPPY FOR US,” he wrote in a separate tweet.
Clippers striker Paul George was not a fan of Beverley’s “jokes” he talked about at his post-match press conference.
“They have guys who are a little more confident. His energy and his personality, you know, infected, they made an impact on that list,” said George, who scored 34 points for Los Angeles in the loss. The Clippers must now face the winner of the Spurs-Pelicans play-in game for the eighth seed on Wednesday.
“I know what it got into this fight. I would not allow Pat to do his antics and try to get me confused. I knew it was all on display. It’s for the crowd. Get the audience involved. I love it “I love it. I miss it. He did it on our side because it’s contagious. I think when he’s in that state, it turns on the team, ignites the arena. You need such energy guys.”
However, Beverley was on a mission to disrupt his former team.
“I told you so, Ant,” he said of Minnesota’s first-round pick in 2020, Anthony Edwards, who lost 30 points in the victory. “They did not believe me. We’re going to the playoffs, honey. They looked at me like I was crazy. They said, ‘Pat, you crazy!'”
Minnesota will play the second-seeded Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.