The Thunder beat the Blazers 123-114 last night, and Russell Westbrook finished the game with a 29-14-10 triple-double on 9-of-20 shooting. Games in which Westbrook’s shooting percentage rises above 40 percent are rare these days, so this counted as a relatively hot shooting night, and an excuse for Westbrook to get into it with multiple Blazers. Here now is a brief history of the beefs Westbrook engaged in last night.
Beef 1: Jusuf Nurkic
Westbrook, fresh off getting a jumper blocked by Jusuf Nurkic in the third quarter, fired off another jumper while doing a weird fake laugh, which of course caused Nurkic to reply with his own weird fake laugh.
Westbrook seems to have a genuine distaste for Nurkic, and mumbled “I ain’t talking about this clown,” when reporters asked him a question about fighting through Nurkic’s screens after the game. This brought on a spicy tweet from Nurkic himself:
Any beef that involves two aggressive psychos fake-laughing to demonstrate just how not-mad they are at each other and incorporates a nickname as rude and effective as “Westbrick” is a good beef in my book.
Beef 2: Damian Lillard
After capping off the win with a big-ass dunk late in the fourth quarter, Westbrook found himself with some time for further shit-talking while Damian Lillard shot free throws at the other end. He filled this time by informing Lillard that he’s been “busting his ass” for going on 11 years now:
Honestly, this beef seems a little uncalled for. Damian Lillard is really good, and scored 34 points last night. That does not qualify as an ass-busting on your end, Russell Westbrook!
Beef 3: Evan Turner
At some point during the game, Evan Turner mocked Westbrook by stealing his signature “rock the baby” celebration. Westbrook had this to say about it afterwards:
There’s no easier target in the NBA than Evan Turner, but he asked for it in this case, so this is justified. Solid beef.