The Clippers are one of the favorites to win the championship when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes later this month.
Their quest begins July 30 when they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of eight "seeding games" on the schedule before the playoffs begin.
How is Clippers guard Patrick Beverley approaching the "bubble" in Orlando? Is he focused on any specific opponent?
"I'm treating everybody the same. Every team I play, I'm playing it like we are playing Golden State when they had Kevin Durant," he recently told Dragonfly Jonez of Whistle. "Every point guard I play, I'm playing Steph Curry."
Clippers fans, rest easy.@patbev21 tells @DragonflyJonez he's on a MISSION for playoffs in the bubble 👀— Whistle (@WhistleSports) July 5, 2020
"Every team I play, I'm playing them like Golden State when they had @KDTrey5, every point guard I play, I'm playing @StephenCurry30." 🔥
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So Beverley -- a two-time All-Defensive selection -- is adopting the mindset that every team the Clippers face arguably is the greatest of all time, and that his one-on-one matchup is against the player many consider the second best point guard ever.
It's smart to think this way because the circumstances when it comes to actually playing games will be unprecedented. Taking the court in small gyms without any fans is going to be downright strange, and some motivation will need to be manufactured.