‘Way to sell it’: Pat Beverley mocks Chris Paul after Flagrant 1 foul

By | June 28, 2021

Game 5 of the Western Conference finals had its share of Pat Beverley antics, this time at the cost of Suns point guard Chris Paul.

Beverley — who has a history of exiting postseason games for foul trouble — fought through a Deandre Ayton screen and made contact with Paul’s legs as the latter made a 3-point attempt. The contact put Paul parallel to the court, in the air, before he landed on Beverley’s ankle. Neither player was hurt, though Beverley was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul.

The Clippers guard clearly thought little of the call, mocking Paul as he lay on the court:

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Paul made each of his three foul shots, then got the assist on an Ayton alley-oop on the ensuing possession to make the score 71-67 with 5:36 left in the third quarter. But not before Beverley came up behind Paul and told him, “Way to sell it” before shooting his foul shots:

Curiously, Monday’s game was not the first time this season Beverley was assessed a flagrant foul against Paul. He was ejected from the team’s April 9 game — a 113-103 win for the Clippers — for throwing a fourth-quarter elbow at Paul in transition:

Paul finished the game with 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting, three rebounds and eight assists in the 116-102 loss. Beverley had seven points, five rebounds and an assist.

Game 6 of the Western Conference finals will take place Wednesday at 9 p.m. in LA.