Wizards forward Markieff Morris does not agree with Mavericks guard J.J. Barea’s statement saying John Wall’s teammates “don’t like him.”
“Man, (expletive) J.J. Barea!” Morris told the Washington Post Wednesday. “What the (expletive) is he talkin’ about? The (expletive) I care about what J.J. Barea said. (Expletive) J.J. Barea. He ain’t a part of this team.”
“I don’t think anybody would’ve thought he’d have 36 goals at this stage of the game,” Boudreau said. “I remember when we signed him, when we were talking in the room, and thinking if he could give us 50 to 60 points we would think it was a great signing.”
Staal’s first score came 4:35 into the game on the power play after a tripping call on Victor Rask, adding to Carolina’s NHL-leading penalty total. Parise’s goal was also with the man advantage for the Wild, who entered the game ranked eighth in the league on the power play. The Hurricanes came in 22nd on the penalty kill.
The Wild, whose post-New Year’s Day surge has thrust them into third place in the Central Division, are 10-3-2 in their last 12 games. They pushed their lead over fourth-place Dallas, which controls the first wild card spot, to three points.
Lillard has been vocal on social media the past two seasons after not making the All-Star team despite better scoring numbers than his All-Star seasons from 2013-15.
While Lillard was not pleased with Westbrook’s comments to the media, George was glad to see his teammate stick up for him.
“We were actually joking before he went up there and I’m like ‘Nah, Russ, man, just let it go, let it go Russ, it is what it is, I wasn’t picked,’ and he was like, ‘Nah, man, P that’s messed up. I’m gonna tell them something about that,’ George told ESPN.
“It was awesome for a teammate to have your back and to stand up. And to be honest, he should be a starter. He’s been the MVP, been the best player at his position. He should’ve been a starter. But that’s another story. But the fact Russ had my back, that’s my guy forever, and it’s more apparent what this decision needs to be made when it comes down to it.”
George is averaging a respectable 20.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, but the Thunder’s slow start to the season likely cost him an All-Star selection.