Russell Westbrook's Rivalry With Joel Embiid Gets Personal

Lorette FraleyLorette Fraley

Russell Westbrook’s rivalry with Joel Embiid simply received heated. Under regular circumstances, we all know Embiid and Westbrook may be overly-competitive within the mistaken set of circumstances, even perhaps just a little disrespectful at occasions. So when Westbrook and the Thunder traveled to Philly to tackle Embiid and the 76ers, there was all the time excessive likelihood of fireworks. In previous conferences, Westbrook and Embiid’s left their rivalry on the courtroom, however final night time’s 

In the 4th quarter, Westbrook took exception to a foul suffered by the hands of Embiid. “I do not assume he simply landed on me,” stated Westbrook, of Embiid’s foul after the very fact. “He had just a little additional to it. But it is OK,” which in flip roused the curiosity of a reporter who requested if he and Joel had been on good phrases despite the bust-up. Westbrook responded, “F*ck no!” But the reporter persevered, inflicting Russ, a light match of disturbance earlier than shouting, “Go residence, bro” to cap issues off. And with that, the reporters assembled within the media room took the story to Joel Embiid on the very subsequent juncture.

“I believe I used to be going for the ball, and I believe he misplaced the ball, however I used to be already within the air,” defined Embiid, when requested to supply his account of what Westbrook described an extreme foul. “I do not know why he was mad. I do not know … however he is all the time in his emotions.” It definitely would not be lengthy till Russell Westbrook was relayed the message, like a rebound off the enjoying floor. For what it is value, the Thunder would handle 117-115 victory even with Westbrook fouling out within the dying seconds of the match. Embiid will like his probabilities at equalling the chances when the 76ers and Thunder meet once more on the finish of subsequent month, this time in Oklahoma City.

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