“A play like that, that always happens,” Harden said. “In the game of basketball, when the opponents think a team is going to call time-out, a guy is going to go for the steal. That happened on so many occasions, not just last game. It happened in so many years in the league.”
Even though Beverley didn’t intend to injure Westbrook, the news was not taken well by Oklahoma City fans. He felt the need to defend himself.
“A lot of people do it throughout the league,” Beverley said. “I don’t go out to try and hurt anybody. I tried to make a play on the ball. It’s an unfortunate situation. You hate to see anyone like that go out. He’s an All-Star, a top-three point guard in the NBA.”