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Draymond Green shades Karl-Anthony Towns for saying Russell Westbrook is a stat padder

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 15: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of their game at Chase Center on October 15, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)|LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on November 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 21, 2021 in New York City. The Knicks won 103-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Karl-Anthony Towns expressed his thoughts on stat padding in an Adin Ross Twitch stream. Ross asked Towns what he thought of Russell Westbrook, giving a backhanded compliment.

“He definitely gets stats, he chases stats, but I think he is a hell of a player. I don’t care what anyone says; you know how hard it is to get a triple-double?

Karl-Anthony Towns

Stat padding is an issue that will always be around in the NBA, but winning can put that issue to rest. Westbrook, the all-time triple-double leader, does not have an NBA championship. An all-around star like Westbrook inevitably has to deal with stat-padding accusations.

“I ain’t [trying to] play for no stats, I’m trying to win this game. I’m from a place where you get stats, and you lose, that sh*t’s pointless. I don’t go home and get love for the stats.”

Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns is not a Westbrook hater, and he does believe he is a great player. He believes there are parts of his game that could still use improvement.

“I think that sometimes he plays too quick.”

Karl-Anthony Towns

Westbrook is a fierce competitor, but these comments are nothing new to him. Towns was having fun on a Twitch stream, and the words are nothing personal.

However, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green didn’t see it that way and came to Westbrook’s defense in an Instagram post.

Draymond Green Responds to Karl-Anthony Towns over Russell Westbrook

Westbrook’s road to the playoffs

Dec 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after providing the assist on forward Carmelo Anthony (7) three point basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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The Western Conference is a very top-heavy conference, but the battle for the 4-11 seeds is competitive. If the season finished today, the Los Angeles Lakers would be a play-in team, not expected at the beginning of the year.

Westbrook has had to adjust to his new role with the Lakers. His stats are down this year, but he does play with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He averages 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 8.6 assists but has 4.6 turnovers and a +/- of -2.6.

The 6’3″ guard does not care about his stats since his focus is on bringing LA a title. Westbrook is adapting to his new role, and his stats are improving, but the wins are not coming along. The Lakers are currently on a five-game losing streak, while they look to bounce back against the Houston Rockets tomorrow.

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