Rockets’ Russell Westbrook clears the air about animated conversation with James Harden
Houston Rockets All-Star Russell Westbrook took some time to clear the air about the animated conversation he had with teammate James Harden during Thursday night’s regular-season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks.
It was early in the first quarter and the Rockets were leading, 17-5. Play was stopped due to a called foul. During the short break in action, Harden and Westbrook became engaged in an energetic conversation:
— Ballers Corner (@CornerBallers) October 25, 2019
At the time, it wasn’t clear what the two stars were discussing. However, Westbrook elaborated on the conversation during his postgame media availability:
An animated on-court discussion between Russell Westbrook and James Harden is far from evidence of any friction between two stars who have been friends for two decades and decided this summer to reunite on the Rockets. Russ when asked about that exchange: pic.twitter.com/OQJSTI0kEJ
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 25, 2019
Though they led for much of the game, the Rockets fell to the Bucks, 117-111. Westbrook played pretty well, notching 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field (3-of-7 from beyond the arc), 16 rebounds, seven assists, two steal and one block.
Harden, on the other hand, struggled to find a shooting rhythm. The Beard had 19 points and a team-high 14 assists, but he went 2-of-13 from the field and 1-of-8 from the 3-point line. To be fair, though, he knocked down all 14 of his attempts at the free-throw line.
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t worried:
“They’re going to be fine,” D’Antoni told ESPN following Thursday night’s loss. “It’s sad to say, but we’re not going to win 82 games this year. Now we’ve got a chance to win 81.”
The Rockets will be back in action on Saturday night, when they’ll welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to town. Tip-off inside the Toyota Center is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.