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Damian Lillard names Russell Westbrook as his “arch-nemesis” in the NBA

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Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard named Russell Westbrook as his arch-nemesis. The duo have a fierce rivalry on the court despite being on good terms off the court.

Russell Westbrook has often made it clear that he holds off friendships on the court with the opposition no matter how close.

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Lillard named Westbrook as his arch rival in the NBA (OKC Thunderwire)

Westbrook’s spirit on the court made Lillard call the fellow point guard as his NBA rival. During an Instagram Live session with Fat Joe, he said

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“If I had to say I had an arch nemesis, it would probably be Russ [Westbrook], because when me and Russ play, we going after each other.

It’s been that way every time we’ve played since I’ve been in the NBA. Eight straight years of just me and him going at each other.”

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Fine margins between Westbrook and Lillard in the NBA

Damian Lillard names Russell Westbrook as his "arch-nemesis" in the NBA - THE SPORTS ROOM
The duo have faced each other 27 times in the league over the years. (Bleacher Report)

Over the years, the duo have come across each other 27 times in the regular season, where Lillard edges out by 14-13. However, the Trailblazers ace has a more dominant record in their head to head margins during the playoffs. Lillard has managed to win 4 encounters compared to Westbrook’s 1 in the knockout stages.

“It’s respect off the court. We solid, we cool off the court,” Lillard said. “But once we play, I just feel like we going after each other every time. It don’t matter beginning of the season, middle of the season, end of the season, it just no matter what it is, we going after each other.”

Their only Playoffs meeting was in 2019 where the 4-1 series ended in a dramatic fashion with Lillard scoring a buzzer-beating three-pointer over Paul George.

The duo will face each other again soon with Westbrook’s new franchise Washington Wizards set to take on Lillard’s Trailblazers on February 20.

Westbrook was reportedly unhappy with the Huston Rockets’ principles and James Harden as well. Subsequently, he was granted a move away from the side with John Wall heading the other way in a trade deal.

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