Fred VanVleet Takes a Dig at Lakers’ Russell Westbrook Post Near Triple-Double Performance

Published 12/19/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a basket during the first half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports


Defeating the Golden State Warriors at this point is a very big deal, especially for a team that’s standing tenth in the Eastern Conference with a 14-15 record. So, when the Toronto Raptors pulled off a blowout win against them, Fred VanVleet was the obvious person the credit was bestowed upon.

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While talking about his near triple-double performance, VanVleet decided to pass some comments about Lakers’ Russell Westbrook.

Fred VanVleet takes a dig at Russell Westbrook

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In Saturday’s game against the Warriors, the Toronto Raptors took full advantage of the former’s depleted roster. Many of the veterans, including Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, were sitting this one out. So, Fred VanVleet took it upon himself to steal the show with his 27 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds. He fell short a couple of rebounds into making it a triple-double night.

However, it did achieve its purpose as the Raptors triumphed over the Warriors with a 119-100 win. It did not stop VanVleet from passing comments at another fellow NBA player who is known to drop triple-doubles night in and out. He said, “My teammates don’t give me the Westbrook treatment and get out the way so I’m gonna have to have a word with them.” 

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Did the Lakers star have it coming?

Westbrook has dropped triple-doubles plenty of times during his career across seasons. Unfortunately, he has often been accused of taking defensive shortcuts while also taking rebounds from his teammates deliberately to increase his numbers. His shaky start this season with the Lakers hardly helped his case.

Dec 18, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) during the second half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Although he has found quite a lot of his rhythm back, VanVleet took a jab at the point guard. What do you think about this statement from VanVleet? Let us know in the comments below.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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