Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas, Julius Randle Get In Heated Exchange In Loss Vs. Warriors [VIDEO]
Isaiah Thomas and Julian Randle Lakers fight news
There was some frustration on the visiting Lakers’ bench, as the game was close for most of the night. At one point in the second half, a heated argument erupted — between teammates.
Lakers Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle were caught exchanging some angry words during a timeout. Several of their teammates, including Lonzo Ball, had to step in to separate the pair and calm them down.
Julius Randle & Isaiah Thomas get into a heated exchange during a timeout.
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Randle and Thomas later reconciled by shaking hands:
Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle shake hands and squash their beef pic.twitter.com/M89hJRGGxT
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Lakers coach Luke Walton said he was unsure what the argument was about, but that he enjoyed the passion his players displayed and added that he encourages them to be open-minded.
“I didn’t see what it was about; I like it though,” Walton said. “I told them afterward, I love it. As long as they’re open-minded and whatever they were arguing about, they get it figured out. We have been trying to get our guys to talk [on defense] all year long and if it is a heated conversation, that means it is two people that are passionate about something and we will take that on our team any day.”
The Warriors won the game at Oracle Arena 117-106. Kevin Durant led the defending champions with 26 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Golden State was missing stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green due to injuries. The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Warriors. Ball continued to struggle with shooting: the rookie finished with eight and 11 assists on 3-of-11 shooting from the field and 1-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
Seven Warriors in total scored in double figures.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 07: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics reacts after a call in the second half against the Washington Wizards in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Verizon Center on May 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.