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Clippings: Patrick Beverley is coming to terms with the Clippers’ playoff loss

He is taking the jokes in stride.

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Patrick Beverley loves to engage.

He’ll physically jostle with anyone on the basketball court, and he loves to talk: to his opponent, to his teammates, to himself, to the air, even. The man is always talking.

It can be tremendous entertainment, as it was when Beverley took some shots at Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers when Lillard missed two clutch free throws at the end of a seeding game that could have cost his team a playoff berth. Beverley delighted in Lillard’s failure by mimicking Lillard’s Dolla Time celebration and his wave goodbye from the 2019 playoffs. Lillard responded in his media availability, and the two traded some barbs on social media.

Within that exchange, Beverley dusted off the phrase “Cancun on 3,” a way of joking that the Blazers would be headed on vacation soon. As it turned out, that remark would come back full circle for Beverley.

When the Clippers lost to the Nuggets, Lillard and CJ McCollum had a grand time on social media discussing whether they should invite the Clippers to vacation with them in Mexico, even tagging Beverley in a tweet. It was a good joke, and honestly the type of content that makes the NBA so hilarious. It was a good enough joke that Lillard and McCollum weren’t the only ones to throw that line back in Beverley’s face.

Beverley hasn’t been terribly active on social media since the team’s exit from the postseason, but he did resurface Monday to share that he has seen the Cancun jokes, and like a good sportsman, he respects the effort.

It has been three weeks since the Game 7 loss, so it’s good to see the team moving on. Doc Rivers even has an entirely new job! Hopefully, they’ll be ready to go for next season.

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