Russell Westbrook roasts Karl-Anthony Towns during loss to T-Wolves
Russell Westbrook without question is among the fieriest competitors to ever step foot on an NBA court, and Karl-Anthony Towns witnessed the superstar’s legendary passion firsthand Tuesday night.
At some point during Tuesday’s showdown between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center, Westbrook absolutely torched KAT with a savage putdown, as relayed by The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.
Towns and Dario Saric were evidently getting too uppity for Westbrook, and his patience with their antics ended with some jawing that culminated in the slickest of burns.
“The fire inside Westbrook is always burning, and the last thing anyone wants to do is turn up the temperature on a maniacal competitor who can turn a game around by himself, so [head coach Ryan] Saunders pleaded with Towns and Saric to turn it down a notch, even as Westbrook berated them both.
“‘Get to the f—–g playoffs before you speak to me,’ Westbrook barked.”
Roasted. Towns did get the last laugh, at least on this night, as his 41-point, 14-rebound game paved the way to a 131-120 victory in a showcase performance out of KAT.
Another monster game for KAT— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 6, 2019
41 PTS (15/27FG)
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It merits noting that Westbrook’s frustration and subsequent smack talk may be inspired by the fact that Towns and the Timberwolves have owned the Thunder this season, winning all three games between the teams.
Regarding Westbrook’s brilliant taunt, the T-Wolves (30-34) have virtually no shot of reaching the playoffs this season after making a brief postseason appearance last year.
That said, if Towns continues to elevate his game in the manner he has since the All-Star break, there’s little doubt there could be potential showdowns with the Thunder in the playoffs in the near future. Odds are Westbrook would gladly greet such a match-up.