Minnesota Timberwolwes guard Patrick Beverley noticed the comments Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook made after the game and he made sure to respond to it accordingly. The Timberwolwes trash-talked the Lakers pretty much during the whole game en route to claiming a 124-104 win.
Westbrook, who was the target of some of the trash-talk, said he was not bothered by it because "nobody over there has done anything in the NBA." "I honestly don't pay no mind to it," Westbrook said of the Wolves talking smack, per ESPN.
"Maybe the other guys [do]. But they weren't talking to me. They were talking to individual guys particularly, but the trash talking doesn't bother me none. "Nobody over there has done anything in this league that would make me pick my eyes up, like, 'Oh, they're talking mess.
Let me respond.' No. It's fine. They're good. They won the game. Happy for them. Move onto the next one."
Beverley hits back at Westbrook
"Playoffs every year," Beverley wrote while retweeting Westbrook's answer.
"2 western conference finals with 2 different Teams individual stats or team stats? I thought it was a team sport??"
Lakers superstar LeBron James was also asked to give his thoughts on the Timberweoles' trash-talk.
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
James didn't speak about it too much as he simplay stated, "It's part of the game." The Lakers own a disappointing 29-40 record and sit at No. 9 on the Western Conference standings. The James-led team entered the season with championship aspirations but so far they have looked far from a serious title contender.
"I think every season for me is all about patience," James said of the challenges of him leading his team. "And it is no different this year. I think it is just testing my patience a little bit more than any season in the last few years just because of the way we are playing and the losses are coming at a bunch.
"It's testing your patience and how you can continue to keep the focus out on the floor, figure out ways how you can be better for your teammates and not fall into the notion of a losing mentality. ... At the end of the day, I would never, ever put myself in a position where I feel like I am losing, even when I lose a game."