The NBA playoffs first round is now over for most teams, but it left us some good and intense moments that will be remembered for years. One of those was the series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder, where both teams’ starting point guards trash talked each other from the beginning to the end.
Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard went at it every single game of the series, trying to get into each other’s mind and win the psychological war. In the end, it was Lillard who won the series, the battle and the war for his team thanks to an unforgettable buzzer beater in front of Paul George and even though the series is over now, people have kept talking about it thanks to all the things said by Russ and Dame.
After everything was done, Lillard took on Instagram to take a jab to Westbrook, quoting Sun Tzu's "The Art of War."
"It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune."
These words only increased the rumors about the dislike between Westbrook and Lillard, but Dame clarified that’s not the case, as they are "really cool off the court."
He appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday, saying things aren’t the way most fans believe, but the complete opposite.
"Now that the series is over, it was funny to me that people wanted to make it like such a negative thing between us. Me and Russ are really cool off of the court. But when we get on the court, I don’t expect anything else from him and he doesn’t expect anything else from me. There’s no dislike."
"I’m just telling you what the truth is. On the court, I’ll talk trash to him and he’ll talk trash to me. He rocked the baby and Dennis Schroder tapped his wrist [imitating Dame Time] and all of that stuff [but] that’s all trash talk; that’s not dislike. Everyone was trying to turn it into us not liking each other and all of that stuff when we’re actually cool. Now that the series is over, I’m just making that clear."
If they don’t dislike each other and gave us some of the best lines in these playoffs, imagine if they actually did. Westbrook has shown his desire to get better and Lillard is always working on that; these two are the best of the best in their position and we can’t wait to see another matchup involving their teams and talents.