The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-104 on Wednesday night. After everything was said and done, Patrick Beverley decided to pour a little salt in the wound.
Once again, Russell Westbrook failed to deliver any sort of meaningful production in the outing. Though this wasn’t his most egregious performance, it also wasn’t particularly pretty.
Westbrook’s 15 points on 12 shots and 1-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc obviously wasn’t great, but compared to some of the stinkers he has put up this year, actually wasn’t even all that bad.
Nevertheless, Timberwolves players showed Westbrook zero respect throughout the game. Nothing exemplified their general dismissiveness of him more than this sequence:
has to be one of the more disrespectful moments ive seen in a long time, watch Pat Bev and KAT after Westbrook’s airball. pic.twitter.com/PnMU3nVd8T
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 17, 2022
After the game, Westbrook was specifically asked about the disrespect Beverley and others showed him throughout the evening.
“I honestly pay no mind to it,” Westbrook said.
“The trash talking doesn’t bother me none. Nobody over there has done anything in this league.”⁰⁰Russ responds to T-Wolves trash talk
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 17, 2022
“… They weren’t talking to me. They were talking to individual guys in particular, but the trash talking doesn’t bother me none. Nobody over there has done anything in this league that, you know, make me put my eyes up, ‘Oh they’re talking, let me respond.’ No, so it’s fine. They won a game. Happy for them. Move on to the next one. That’s that.”
When Beverley got wind of that comment, he offered a savage reply.
Playoffs every year. 2 western conference finals with 2 different Teams individual stats or team stats? I thought it was a team sport?? https://t.co/wlPhFB9alQ
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) March 17, 2022
Between Beverley’s response and the 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six rebounds, and three blocks he dropped on LA – it’s hard not view him as the big winner coming out of Wednesday night.
Big picture, this isn’t the first time Beverley has destroyed Westbrook. And it likely won’t be the last.
Now that’s how you celebrate. https://t.co/zSJsqxgiGT
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 16, 2022
Any time these two face off – it’s fireworks.