Patrick Beverley scored Clippers’ only victory in Game 1 and will test Kevin Durant and Warriors again

Throwing off the two-time defending champion Warriors is a towering task, but if Beverley, who jawed with Durant and flailed his arms to mock what he considered a flop, can provide enough of a distraction or edge to flip a game, the Clippers will take it. Beverley walked a fine line Saturday. Even without Durant, Golden State still had an all-NBA lineup featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Meanwhile, the ejection cost the Clippers their emotional leader and best defender and shrank their margin for error.


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