Russell Westbrook’s rivalry with Joel Embiid simply obtained heated. Under regular circumstances, we all know Embiid and Westbrook might be overly-competitive within the fallacious set of circumstances, even perhaps slightly disrespectful at instances. So when Westbrook and the Thunder traveled to Philly to tackle Embiid and the 76ers, there was all the time excessive probability of fireworks. In previous conferences, Westbrook and Embiid’s left their rivalry on the court docket, however final night time’s
In the 4th quarter, Westbrook took exception to a foul suffered by the hands of Embiid. “I do not suppose he simply landed on me,” stated Westbrook, of Embiid’s foul after the actual fact. “He had slightly further to it. But it is OK,” which in flip roused the curiosity of a reporter who requested if he and Joel have been on good phrases regardless of the bust-up. Westbrook responded, “F*ck no!” But the reporter continued, 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 feel I used to be going for the ball, and I feel 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 actually would not be lengthy till Russell Westbrook was relayed the message, like a rebound off the taking part in 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.