Something is going on with Patrick Beverley. He was crying when he walked in. Was warming up, stopped, sat down & started crying again.
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) May 7, 2017
Some writers noticed it right away. When Patrick Beverley was warming up for Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Sunday, he had to stop and was seen being openly emotional. Then in the locker room prior to the game, he was openly sobbing.
It turns out that his grandfather had passed away, and it hit him hard. But he played anyway. The two were very close, and at times like this it almost seems insensitive to acknowledge that asomebody won a basketball game. It was Rockets 125, Spurs 104, and the series is tied 2-2.
Rockets' Patrick Beverley fights back tears as he remembers his grandfather: "He wore my jerseys every single day." pic.twitter.com/UFGUN8j7r9
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 8, 2017
Beverley played through it and went for 25 minutes, getting 10 points and six assists. James Harden had 28 points and Eric Gordon 22, as Houston found is rhythm again and proceeded to make this west semi a dogfight. Jonathan Simmons actually led the Spurs with 17 points, and that’s a problem. (Kawhi Leonard 16).
Patrick Beverley gets very emotional after opening three pointer just hours after learning his grandfather died pic.twitter.com/rYzT3PBi5h
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 8, 2017
Wizards 121, Celtics 102
This seems to be a series that will come down to home court advantage, and I hate when that happens. Bradley Beal (29 points) and John Wall (27) led the way for Washington, which went on a 26-0 run in the third quarter to give folks a chance to beat traffic. This series tied 2-2.
quick check in on the Celtics pic.twitter.com/gsSjQjjMi5
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 8, 2017
Isaiah Thomas had 19 points for Boston.
And the Wizards still have the best flop in the playoffs:
— Zac (@DCzWall) May 8, 2017
Cavaliers 109, Raptors 102
Well, if Toronto won’t challenge LeBron James, he’ll challenge himself. Cleveland weep, going 8-0 in the playoffs for the second straight season as LeBron toys with shooting left-handed — not usually his thing. He scored 35 points and Kyrie Irving had 27. Serge Ibaka had 23 points for Toronto.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) May 6, 2017
LeBron's performance tonight reminiscent of the time Larry Bird decided to torture Portland all game using his left hand.
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) May 6, 2017