In the aftermath of Minnesota’s 109-104 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday, Patrick Beverley made no attempt to hide his excitement.
With a trip to the postseason secured, Bev (and other members of the team) went wild with celebrations that had some thinking they won the Finals.
Amid an assault of backlash from the media, fans, and fellow players, JJ Redick stood out from the bunch by coming to Beverley’s defense.
Here’s what he said on Twitter:
Why do we celebrate NCAA tourney teams winning a one and done scenario but gonna mock NBA players and their fans for doing the same…seems wrong to me
Beverley’s actions have sparked a massive debate in the NBA community. For some, celebrating a play-in victory in such extreme fashion is a bad look. Teams play to win a Championship, not to make the playoffs.
For others, like Redick, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the ride. The Timberwolves have only made the playoffs a total of 9 times in their 32 seasons.
We can all agree that every win deserves to be celebrated in some capacity. And we can all agree some people take it too far sometimes.
In this case, though, there is a legitimate cause for emotion. If nothing else, securing the 7th-seed is a huge milestone for the organization and a sign that better days are ahead.
But now that the confetti is done falling, the Timberwolves need to focus on their new challenge: the Memphis Grizzlies. As one of the NBA’s best teams all year, the Grizzlies will not be an easy opponent to beat.
We can only imagine what the celebration for Minnesota will be like if they somehow pull it off.