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Los Angeles Lakers’ Russell Westbrook scoffs at Minnesota Timberwolves’ trash talk after blowout loss

“I’ve been in this league long enough to realize it’s is a front-running league,” Lakers guard Wayne Ellington said when asked if he is surprised teams are talking trash to the Lakers. “When you’re up, everything is going great. When you’re down, they’ll kick you.

“So right now, we have been getting kicked and teams have been enjoying it. It all comes back around full circle.”

“I think every season for me is all about patience,” James said of the challenges of him leading his team. “And it is no different this year. I think it is just testing my patience a little bit more than any season in the last few years just because of the way we are playing and the losses are coming at a bunch.

“It’s testing your patience and how you can continue to keep the focus out on the floor, figure out ways how you can be better for your teammates and not fall into the notion of a losing mentality. … At the end of the day, I would never, ever put myself in a position where I feel like I am losing, even when I lose a game.”

“Playoffs every year,” Beverley wrote while retweeting Westbrook’s answer. “2 western conference finals with 2 different Teams individual stats or team stats? I thought it was a team sport??”metasports

Asked about the Wolves’ trash talking,  LeBron James said simply, “It’s part of the game.”

The Lakers (29-40) have much bigger concerns than the upstart Wolves, who have won nine of their past 10, talking trash to them. They’ve lost 12 of their past 15 games with their past three losses coming by 29, 11 and 20 points, respectively.

“Nobody over there has done anything in this league that would make me pick my eyes up, like, ‘Oh, they’re talking mess. Let me respond.’ No. It’s fine. They’re good. They won the game. Happy for them. Move onto the next one.”

Earlier in the game, after Patrick Beverley forced a Westbrook turnover, Beverley could be seen plugging his nose as if to say something smelled bad and appeared to mouth the word “trash” twice.