We’ve seen what tragedy has done to Isaiah Thomas in Boston after the passing of his sister, and now Patrick Beverly is suffering the same kind of loss of family this week.
Hours before Game 4 tipoff versus the San Antonio Spurs, Beverly learned that his grandfather passed away. He was set on returning to Chicago to be with his family as soon as he learned of the news, but they urged him to stay and play in the game. The Houston Rockets ended up beating the Spurs thanks to Pat’s inspiring 26 minutes.
The Rockets actually outscored the Spurs by 27 points during the time he was on the court and upon hitting his first 3-pointer of the game, he pointed towards the sky as a gesture to his grandpa.
He only finished with 10 points in the game, but his performance definitely had an impact.
His post-game press conference was very emotional, as he explained what Rheese Morris meant to him growing up and why it’s not something he’ll be over any time soon. He was filled with tears as he talked about it to the media on Sunday night, eventually leaving early from the interview.
“It’s just tough, man. It’s tough. It’s so tough, because everybody knows I work so extremely hard to prove myself each and every night, and to have somebody that was right there supporting me the whole way, wore my jerseys every single day of his life, wore my Russian jerseys every single day of his life, man, to have a person like that taken from you is hard. It’s so hard.”
On the court, his team was balling, especially his teammate James Harden, who gave San Antonio a bit of that Game 1 blowout performance to tie up the series up at two games a piece. He had 25 points and 12 assists on the game, while 3-point gun slinger Eric Gordon gave them a boost off the bench with 22 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kwahi Leonard only had 16 points each for the Spurs.
The series now shifts to San Antonio for Game 5, which will be played Tuesday, May 8 at the AT&T Center in Texas and will be broadcasting live on TNT at 8pm EST.