J.J. Redick called out Patrick Beverley on ESPN for his absurd Jayson Tatum take

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Patrick Beverley did the full ESPN car wash this week, including a stint on “First Take.” When the topic turned to whether Jayson Tatum or Jimmy Butler is facing more pressure in the Eastern Conference Finals, J.J. Redick remarked that both stars are impact players on offense and defense.

Patrick Beverley did the full ESPN car wash this week, including a stint on “First Take.” When the topic turned to whether Jayson Tatum or Jimmy Butler is facing more pressure in the Eastern Conference Finals, J.J. Redick remarked that both stars are impact players on offense and defense.

“It’s a tough question, because I think they’re both fantastic players, and some ways they’re similar players — big wings, play both sides of the basketball,” he said.

That’s a pretty non-controversial statement, right? Tatum is an elite scorer and has improved immensely on the defensive end. He’s thrived in Ime Udoka’s scheme, holding his own against guards and big men. At 6-foot-8, Tatum has the height to cover forwards and agility to keep up with point guards.

But Beverley doesn’t see that.

“Jayson Tatum plays both [sides of the basketball],” he asked Redick incredulously.

Redick retorted with a simple follow-up that left Beverley speechless.

“Did you watch the Nets series at all?.” Redick asked.

Beverley couldn’t even stammer his way through a response.

Since the Clippers were ousted in the play-in game, Beverley had plenty of time to watch the Celtics dominate the Nets. But apparently, his eyes were elsewhere.

But hey, at least Beverley, a three-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team, didn’t say Tatum “literally can’t guard” anyone.

That level of vitriol was saved for Chris Paul.