Rockets vs Wizards: John Wall Defends Trash Talking Against Russell Westbrook – ‘Been Kicking My A** For Years’

Published 01/27/2021, 12:51 AM EST
Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) argues with referee Michael Smith (left) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The matchup of certain recently traded players gave us some trash-talking, as well as an interesting game that went neck to neck. Why was this encounter bound to be entertaining? Well, both Russell Westbrook and John Wall were facing their former teams. However, the Rockets ended up winning this game by 107-88.

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Russell Westbrook vs John Wall

Despite putting on a show for the fans, Westbrook and Wall still had some things to say about each other. While Wall tried to diffuse the situation by speaking highly of Russell, the new Wizards‘ star didn’t feel the same. Well, of course, losing to his former team probably played a role in his anger.

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As per Tim MacMahon, “John Wall says it was “just basic basketball trash talk” with Russell Westbrook that led to double Ts. Also notes he hasn’t gotten best of Russ often. “Russ been kicking my ass for years. He’s a hell of a talent. This ain’t the first time we’ve trash talked before.”

Westbrook decided not to take the high road and stated, “I don’t start talking s—. … I just defend myself – people just say anything — especially when I know the facts. … I think they just started talking s— because they started to win at that time. It’s all right. We play them again.”

What went down between the two?

It was in the fourth quarter and the Wizards were trailing 81-94. This is when things started to heat up and Westbrook and Wall started trash-talking with each other. While this was going on, Bradley Beal was just a bystander, watching his former and current teammate going at each other’s throats.

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It escalated so much that the referees had to step in, which ended with both of them receiving a technical foul. When it finally stopped, Wall seemed to have cooled off, whereas Westbrook looked extremely disappointed. He was losing, after all.

Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets and Wizards are scheduled to face each other again in the second week of February. Fans can expect Westbrook to go into beast mode to take his revenge. Where each of them will stand in their respective conference by the time they meet again is up for debate. But do you think they can top this intense showdown too?

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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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