Patrick Beverley says the Clippers proved they are the best team in Los Angeles and showed they “want it more” in a 113-105 defeat of the Lakers on Monday.
The Clippers took another step toward the playoffs at the Staples Center and struck another blow to the Lakers’ bid to prolong their season.
Beverley said at the start of the season the Clippers would outperform their struggling city rivals and says now they have more hunger than the Lakers.
“I want it more,” Beverley told Fox Sports West. “We want it more. Like I said, everybody counted us out. Fine. We’ll take that. It’s a bigger picture for us.”
Beverley added in the locker room: “There was seven people in here on media day, I remember it like it was yesterday. I told Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander], I said, ‘Look at the room, it’s seven media people here, watch at the end of the year’.
“Like I said about us being the best team in LA, a lot of people don’t believe me, it’s fine. Women lie, men lie, numbers don’t.”
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Beverley did a great job of guarding LeBron James and says he is fueled by a hunger to prove a point after setbacks earlier in his career.
He said: “It’s not about [James], it’s not about the Lakers. It’s about us being the best team we could possibly be. We want to be a complete team going into the playoffs and we took a step forward with that tonight.”
Beverley continued: “I played for Miami, with LeBron. They cut me. I got drafted by the Lakers, they traded me to Miami. Bron got there, they cut me.
“I remember it like it was yesterday. So yeah, it’s a chip on my shoulder.”