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Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is a confident person.
He doesn't back down from anybody and he speaks his mind freely.
On Tuesday morning, he made the following declaration on Twitter:
We really challenged them better than anybody!!! Don't tweet me back.— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) May 21, 2019
Sorry Mr. Beverley, but we respectfully disagree.
Here were the results of the Warriors-Clippers first-round NBA playoff series:
-Game 1 = Warriors 121, Clippers 104
-Game 2 = Clippers 135, Warriors 131 (Golden State led by 31 points with about 7:30 left in the third quarter)
-Game 3 = Warriors 132, Clippers 105
-Game 4 = Warriors 113, Clippers 105
-Game 5 = Clippers 129, Warriors 101
-Game 6 = Warriors 129, Clippers 110
The Dubs' average margin of victory was nearly 18 points.
In the second round, the Rockets beat the Warriors twice and every game was decided by six points or less.
Although Golden State swept Portland in the Western Conference finals, the Blazers had the following leads:
-Game 2 = 17 points early in the third quarter
-Game 3 = 18 points late in the second quarter
-Game 4 = 17 points with less than two minutes left in the third quarter
While you could make the argument that the Clippers gave a better challenge than the Blazers, the Rockets clearly were the most formidable foe.