The Timberwolves had too much fun trolling the Lakers Wednesday night when Minnesota led Los Angeles 124-104.
Timberwolves star Patrick Beverley led the trash talk after quickly stealing Lakers guard Russell Westbrook with less than a minute left in the second quarter. Beverley called Westbrook “garbage” after play was halted at the other end and seemed upset when Minnesota led 62-44 before halftime.
The 33-year-old security guard was caught on camera holding his nose as if to smell something foul, all the while continuing to yell “garbage”.
At one point during the game, Beverley started trolling LeBron James and yelled in his face before playfully slapping him on the side. But James, who had 19 points in the Lakers’ loss, didn’t look amused.
Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns also joined the LA roast after intercepting Westbrook’s airball late in the fourth quarter and turning his head the other way mockingly multiple times. Following the Timberwolves’ blowout win, Towns raised a hand toward the Lakers bench and waved goodbye to the struggling side as they exited the floor.
After the Lakers’ third loss in a row, James brushed off the trash talk and said, “It’s part of the game.” Westbrook, meanwhile, had more to say.
“I honestly don’t care, maybe other guys … they haven’t talked to me.” said Westbach. “They’ve spoken to individual guys in particular, but the trash talk doesn’t bother me.
“Nobody over there has done anything in this league that makes me open my eyes like, ‘Oh, they’re talking, I have to answer.’ No everything is fine.”
However, the Lakers’ struggles are much bigger than any trash talk. They’ve lost 12 of their last 15 games and currently sit ninth in the Western Conference with just weeks before the start of the play-in tournament.
Westbrook’s months of offensive struggles didn’t help LA’s case either. The Lakers are also missing their big star in Anthony Davis, who has been out since February with a foot injury.
The Timberwolves, meanwhile, have won nine of their last ten games and are seventh in the West. At the moment, it’s possible that LA and Minnesota will meet in the play-in round that starts on April 12th.
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