NBA Roundup: Rockets’ Patrick Beverley Fights Back Tears Remembering His Grandfather

  • Rick Chandler

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.

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).

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.

Isaiah Thomas had 19 points for Boston.

And the Wizards still have the best flop in the playoffs:

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.