Stephen Curry and Patrick Beverly Exchange Shoves During Physical Game 1 First Quarter

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Stephen Curry will likely be the first player in NBA history to be unanimously voted the recipient of the regular season MVP award, and for good reason. His record setting season helped the Warriors set a record for wins in a single season, and Golden State is home in Oakland taking on the Rockets, who drew the short straw during the final week of the season and ended up as the Western Conference’s eighth seed.

The Rockets sport an underwhelming roster, save MVP candidate from a year ago James Harden, but have possibly the player best equipped to guard Stephen Curry, a.k.a. the greatest shooter the game has ever seen: Patrick Beverly. Beverly is a relentless, fearless defender that once went too far a couple years ago defending Russell Westbrook, causing Westbrook to miss most of the Thunder’s 2013 playoff run. Today, Beverly showed off some of that scrap trying to defend Curry behind the three-point line, and got tied up with the reigning MVP. After the play was whistled dead, Beverly remained entangled with Curry, which Steph didn’t approve of, and shoves were quickly exchanged. A nearby referee quickly broke it up, but the tone was already set.


Curry then proceeded to hit two shots from the parking lot. Chef.

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