A bitter war of words has started after the Los Angeles Lakers-Minnesota Timberwolves game on Wednesday night.
The Timberwolves came out on top in the end, routing the Lakers 124-104 in yet another embarrassing defeat.
There was a lot of trash talking on the court during the game, especially when Russell Westbrook missed some critical shots.
But Westbrook said he wasn’t worried about all the comments about him.
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Following the game, Westbrook said, “Their trash talking doesn’t bother me. Nobody over there has done anything in this league.”
That’s some harsh criticism of a team that just beat you by 20 points…especially since it came only days after that team’s lead player, Karl-Anthony Towns, impressed the NBA by scoring 60 points.
Westbrook’s words didn’t sit well with T-Wolves player Patrick Beverley, who has never been one to hide his opinion.
“Playoffs every year. 2 western conference finals with 2 different teams. Individual stats or team stats? I thought it was a team sport??” Beverly tweeted out after Westbrook’s harsh words.
Say what you want about Beverley, but he does have a point.
Westbrook said he wasn’t bothered by the team’s trash talking but it certainly seemed to get under his skin since it warranted such a reaction.
Many people have said it was bad form to say such things about a fellow team, especially since his claims of them never having “done anything in this league” seem unfounded.
True, the current Timberwolves team hasn’t won a championship or made the Finals but Westbrook hasn’t won one either.
Plus there is no debate that the T-Wolves are much better than the Lakers right now.
He can ignore the trash talk all he wants but he can’t ignore that the Timberwolves are actually a special, talented team.