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A Brief Recap of the Russell Westbrook vs. Blazers Beef

Westbrook feuded with the Blazers mid-game and in postgame.

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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.

Damian Lillard

First, Westbrook allegedly said some PG-13 words to Lillard while the latter was at the free throw line:

After the game, Westbrook said that both of them are just competitors:

Lillard then posted on Instagram with the picture captioned, “warfare”:

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Jusuf Nurkic

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):

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:

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”:

Evan Turner

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”:

These two teams play again on Feb. 11 in OKC, and the series finale is Mar. 7 in Portland.