The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 121-120 in overtime on Saturday.
Given that this outing marked Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris’ returns from lengthy layoffs, many anticipated the Sixers would easily handle a squad that struggled to be .500 this year.
That lack of faith apparently annoyed Timberwolves players.
After his team secured a big victory, guard D’Angelo Russell bluntly called out Embiid, Harris and the 76ers as a whole.
D’Angelo Russell, postgame on television: “They had guys that sat out and thought it was sweet to come back and play against us. It ain’t sweet.” pic.twitter.com/HvsfDRvuYe
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 28, 2021
“They had guys that sat out and thought it was sweet to come back and play against us,” he said matter-of-factly. “It ain’t sweet.”
To be fair to Russell, the Wolves are pretty routinely disrespected. And while Embiid did finish with 42 points in his return, the 35-20 first quarter hole that Philly dug for itself proved to be too big to climb out of.
Big picture, this outing won’t have a huge impact on either of these teams’ biggest problems. Rumors surrounding Karl-Anthony Towns’ seemingly inevitable trade keep circulating; Ben Simmons continues to haunt the 76ers. Neither of those issues got resolved on Saturday night.
That’s one way to celebrate divorcing Johnny Manziel. https://t.co/jQ28nDRqn1
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 24, 2021
But clearly Russell and Minnesota walked away from the evening feeling themselves a little bit. It will be interesting to see how and if Embiid and Co. ultimately respond going forward.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.