Patrick Beverley was seemingly unimpressed with LeBron James after the Clippers’ 112-103 loss to the Lakers Sunday.
After giving credit to the Lakers team as a whole for coming out “with a lot more juice” in their first win over the Clippers this season, Beverley was asked what kind of challenge James presented defensively.
“No challenge,” the two-time All-Defensive honoree said, interrupting a reporter twice.
The reporter rephrased his question and instead asked Beverley to describe what it’s like as a defender when James is trying to force a switch, a strategy he used to score 12 of his 28 points late in the fourth quarter.
“Not hard at all,” Beverley said.
James went 7-for-17 from the field and 2-for-6 from behind the arc with nine assists to secure the Lakers’ 11th win in their last 12 games. However, according to ESPN Stats & Information, James didn’t take any shots against Beverley.
Beverley, 31, scored just two points with four rebounds and finished minus-16 in 26 minutes.
The Lakers are now 1-2 against their local rivals this season, with James racking 64 total points. The two teams will meet for their regular-season finale on April 9 at Staples Center.