On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers had the best night they've had in a while. Their young stars looked amazing, scoring and distributing at will to earn the W over Phoenix.
More specifically, Lonzo Ball bounced back from his mediocre performance Thursday night, with near triple-double like numbers. For Lonzo, yesterday's game was super important. After being shut down by Patrick Beverley, many were already willing to call Zo a bust.
All game long, Beverley got up in Ball's grill, talking trash and bothering him, waiting for the rookie to make a mistake. And obviously, Beverley got the best of Lonzo that game.
“I just had to set the tone, man,” Beverley explained to USA Today's Sam Amick. “I told him after the game man, that due to all the riffraff his dad brings, he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. What a better way to start off, just 94 feet guarding him tonight, welcome -- I’m not done,” Beverley interjected. “Welcome his little, young a** to the NBA.”
Beverley was just hammering Lonzo all night with trash talk and hostility, to the point where it became a national story.
Then Thursday night came, and Lonzo answered back the only way a Ball guy knows how. Scoring 29 points, Lonzo Ball actually surpassed Patrick Beverley's career high. In other words, the Laker rookie has already scored more points in just his second night in the league than Patrick Beverley has, who's been in the NBA for six seasons now.
How about that for bounce back?
Beverley will always be the dog he has been. That will never change. But maybe it wouldn't hurt him to slow down a little bit. After all, staying humble is a pretty nice thing to remember.