Patrick Beverley crouched in a defensive posture, his eyes focused on Toronto guard Delon Wright in front of him, his legs and arms churning.
With one flick of his right hand, Beverley tapped the ball off Wright’s leg for a turnover. He looked at the Clippers’ bench and raised an index finger.
“First team,” Beverley yelled during the Clippers’ exhibition game Tuesday night.
Beverley was in all his glory, the agitator reminding all why he was an All-NBA first-team defensive selection last season.
“It’s weird to have to tell somebody to tone it down on defense a little bit,” DeAndre Jordan, a third-team all-defensive pick, said about Beverley. “I’m trying to...