Russell Westbrook not on speaking terms with Kevin Durant
Russell Westbrook’s latest triple-double wasn’t nearly enough Wednesday night as the Golden State Warriors rode Kevin Durant’s efficient performance past the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-100.
When asked about lighting up his former team for 40 points and 12 rebounds, Durant didn’t say much. He let his play do the talking.
Westbrook, meanwhile, had a lot to say after the game.
He doesn’t recall a brief exchange with Durant in third quarter. In fact, Westbrook denies that he and Durant are on speaking terms.Erik Horne of The Oklahoman has more on what wasn’t said:
The saga continues.
For those who thought the Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook beef was done (did anyone?), that’s just not true at all, as seen in Wednesday’s 121-100 Thunder loss in Oakland.
Westbrook and Durant exchanged a brilliant sequence in the third quarter in which Westbrook dunked ferociously with his former teammate in his vicinity (former Oklahoman writer Anthony Slater writes that Westbrook said ‘Don’t jump’ on his dunk) Durant returned the favor with a 3-pointer on the next possession.
On the trip down the court, the two exchanged words. In postgame, Durant wouldn’t get into the specifics.
“He dunked the ball. I ran down court, called for the ball, shot a three and made it,” Durant said.
Westbrook said he and Durant aren’t on speaking terms and didn’t acknowledge that he and Durant had an exchange in the third quarter.
Following the game, Westbrook was spotted walking off the floor and wasn’t happy with Enes Kanter talking to someone.
“E, don’t say ‘what’s up’ to that b**** a** n****,” Westbrook said.
The next Thunder-Warriors meeting is Feb. 11 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook on if he and Durant are on speaking terms and their "exchange" in the third quarter: pic.twitter.com/6qNLIkxgND
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 19, 2017
Kevin Durant won't detail some of the stuff said between him and Westbrook tonight pic.twitter.com/7fESeuf6B0
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 19, 2017
And then there’s the Zaza Pachulia incident. Late in the first half, Pachulia collided with Westbrook and clobbered the OKC star in the face as the Warriors center went with his man as Enes Kanter set a screen on Andre Iguodala. Westbrook went down and grabbed his face in obvious pain and Pachulia glared at Westbrook as he stood over him. The play went to official review before Pachulia received a flagrant 1 foul, drawing boos from the sellout crowd.
Westbrook didn’t realize that Pachulia lingered over him until seeing the replay in the locker room postgame.
“I’m going to get his a** back. Straight up,” Westbrook said.