Russell Westbrook blows up over ‘crossed-up’ Lakers query

Russell Westbrook blows up over 'crossed-up' Lakers question

Coming off an epic comeback towards the Path Blazers on Sunday night time, the Lakers aimed for a three-game win streak towards the Clippers on Tuesday night time.

As an alternative, a fourth-quarter rally that noticed the lead trimmed to 10 slipped away when Russell Westbrook threw a nasty inbounds go to Dennis Schröder, which resulted in a Kawhi Leonard three-point play.

The momentum that they had constructed with a 10-2 run withered away with slightly below six minutes left. Following the turnover, the Clippers would rating eight straight factors on their strategy to a 133-115 win.

In his postgame press convention, Westbrook didn’t take it properly when a reporter requested the place the 2 Lakers guard acquired “crossed up” on the play.

“What’d you imply crossed up?” an aggravated Westbrook responded. “What’d you imply? How had been we crossed up?”

The reporter rephrased his query, “Did you guys get crossed up on that play?” he requested.

“No, It was a five-man play, it wasn’t between me and Dennis,” Westbrook responded matter-of-factly.

Russell Westbrook drives to the net against the Clippers on Jan. 24, 2023.
Russell Westbrook drives to the web towards the Clippers on Jan. 24, 2023.
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“Okay what went mistaken on that inbounds play?” the reporter tried.

“It was a turnover,” Westbrook stated.

The Lakers press and Westbrook have had their justifiable share of tension-filled moments, courting again to final 12 months when Westbrook acquired a slew of criticism from the media and followers for his lackluster play.

Schröder and Westbrook had been additionally seen having an animated dialog on the bench after the turnover. In the meantime, LeBron James sat close by, wanting on the floor in despair after dropping 46 factors within the lopsided loss.

The Lakers hope to get again on observe Wednesday night time as they play host to the Spurs. The workforce additionally expects to have Anthony Davis return to play on a minutes restrict; hoping he may give them a much-needed spark for his or her playoff push.