Patrick Beverley, throughout his career, has shown an unusual knack for getting under opponents’ skin. And, as exhibited Monday night, the Timberwolves vet is equally adept at provoking referees, even when he’s not playing.
Beverley, who has spent the past six games as a spectator while rehabbing an injured groin, took exception with a foul called on teammate Leandro Bolmaro, chirping at officials from his seat on the Timberwolves’ bench. Beverley’s criticism was not appreciated with the 33-year-old promptly whistled for a technical, already his third of the 2021-22 season. This one, of course, came with an added degree of difficulty considering Beverley wasn’t even in uniform, roaming the sidelines in street clothes.
Fortunately for Beverley, Hawks guard Trae Young let him off the hook, bricking his free-throw attempt moments later. The Hawks, however, would go on to win 121-110, handing Minnesota its third straight loss. Beverley, who Minnesota acquired from Memphis in a trade this summer, holds season averages of 8.1 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds over 16 appearances including 12 starts for the T-Wolves.