Some comments I made over at JeremyLintel about Patrick’s defensive methodology:
Personally, I fear bev’s defensive style. I tore a few knee ligaments playing ball years back, so I am especially sensitive to Bev’s type of defense where he lunges his body, legs and arms into at the ball carriers pivot points including ankles, hips and knees. Fisher and Tyrone Lue are some others that did the same thing, and it really gave me chills when they are knee hunting.
In the preseason Pelican’s game, Austin Rivers was smart enough to stay away from Bev by keeping in constant motion and quickly passing the ball unlike Jrue who was trying to show Bev up by trying to get pass Bev off the dribble. Jrue is lucky he didn’t get injured, but Tyreke wasn’t so lucky.
Notice the knee hunting by Bev’s left leg that caused Tyreke to land on Bev’s foot hence causing ankle injury.
Here’s another example of Bev’s knee hunting.
Starts @1:10. Bev was knee hunting but ended up with an elbow in his nose. Not sure how Houston ended up with the ball though.
Westbook did the right thing by defending his space when encroached by Bev who actually committed a blocking foul. Think ref took pity on him for taking a face shot thus rewarded him the ball. (Oh, Delfino got called for illegal defense.)
Certainly I am not saying Bev is intentionally trying to injure someone. He’s just making up his lack of skill by utilizing rough play by ramming his body into the ball carriers’ pivot areas where injury is most likely to occur.
If he’s fast enough to fool the ref into thinking he didn’t commit a charge, then he’s an elite. And, frankly, he earned the second of two steals off Jrue in that preseason game. However, he definitely charged in the first two steals just didn’t get called for it. In fact, the first steal looked clean until you see the replay from the other angle that showed he leaned his shoulder into Jrue’s hip to push him away from the ball. To me, it’s more football than basketball. But, as long as he doesn’t get called for it, I guess he can be considered an elite defender.