Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has always been outspoken, and that was no different during the Thunder’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. Westbrook didn’t mince words with Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic or Evan Turner during, and after, the game.
First, Westbrook allegedly said some PG-13 words to Lillard while the latter was at the free throw line:
Westbrook telling Dame he’s been busting that ass for years. Rematch is February 11th. pic.twitter.com/0cFnamzxu2— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 23, 2019
After the game, Westbrook said that both of them are just competitors:
Russell Westbrook on his exchanges with Damian Lillard tonight. pic.twitter.com/IFG13lbxTh— SneakerReporter (@SneakerReporter) January 23, 2019
Lillard then posted on Instagram with the picture captioned, “warfare”:
Westbrook and Nurkic had several run-ins during the game. At one point, Nurkic blocked Westbrook’s shot, which caused a war of fake laughs from the two players that could be heard in-game (seriously):
This shot did not spark joy. ✋ pic.twitter.com/AnWGWpQNtR— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 23, 2019
At another point, Westbrook hit Nurkic with an impressive fake move that led to a bucket, and he had some things to say about his awesomeness:
Westbrook hits Nurkic with the fake and lets him know about pic.twitter.com/IKRBY9qFdU— Off the Glass (@otgbasketball) January 23, 2019
In postgame, Westbrook allegedly said “I ain’t talking about this clown” when asked about Nurkic. The big man then used Westbrook’s own catchphrase and name of his signature shoe (“Why Not”) against him in a cheeky response; he also called him “Westbrick”:
“Why not”Westbrick* #HaHa https://t.co/0YHw2VBnYm— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) January 23, 2019
At some point during the game, Turner used Westbrook’s “Rock the Baby” celebration against him. Westbrook didn’t see it, but in postgame he said Turner can “rock right back to Portland”:
Russell Westbrook on Evan Turner using his “Rock The Baby” pic.twitter.com/2ABYRGzfZ5— SneakerReporter (@SneakerReporter) January 23, 2019
These two teams play again on Feb. 11 in OKC, and the series finale is Mar. 7 in Portland.