Patrick Beverley called Russell Westbrook’s injury “unfortunate.” Chandler Parsons said it was “a shock.” James Harden went with “sad.”

But the Rockets would not go as far as to call the play in which Westbrook was hurt was in any way “dirty.”

Beverley collided with Westbrook as the Thunder’s star point guard was calling for a second-quarter timeout. Westbrook immediately recoiled in pain, slapping the scorers’ table and then glaring at Beverley during the timeout.

Westbrook stayed in the game and played 24 minutes in the second half, but Friday the Thunder announced Westbrook had torn a meniscus in his right knee and would need surgery, putting him out indefinitely.

“Sad, sad story,” Harden said of his former teammate’s injury. “Russell’s one of my friends. To see him out injured when he hasn’t missed a game his whole career, I’m sorry to hear that.”

But Harden said going for the steal as an opponent eases up to call a timeout is common.

“A play like that, that always happens,” Harden said. “In the game of basketball, when the opponents think a team is going to call time out, a guy is going to go for the steal. That (has) happened in so many occasions, not just last game.”

Beverley on Wednesday and again Friday called Westbrook one of the top three point guards in the NBA and said had been looking forward to going against him again. He was unapologetic about the strategy of attempting a steal.

“A lot of people do it throughout the league,” Beverley said. “Anyone who knows me, I don’t go out to try and hurt anybody. I play at one speed. That’s fast. … I was just trying to make a play on the ball before they called timeout. A play like that is unfortunate right now.

“No intention at all to try to injury anybody. Anyone who knows me, that’s not my type of game.”

Told of the backlash on Twitter, Beverley smiled and said he was unconcerned.

“That type of pressure doesn’t get me,” Beverley said. “The pressure I used to get growing up just walking to the corner store without something happening to me, I could really care less about any Twitter like that. It was hard going to school growing up some mornings. I can let this one from Twitter be.”