Lakers/Nuggets “beef” continues, expands to Randle/Jokic during Lakers win

Kurt Helin
NBC Sports

Will Barton nailed this yesterday, calling the feud between the Lakers and Jamal Murray a “suburban beef.” Elementary schoolyards have more mature grudges than this.

Yet Lakers fans were eating it up — at the end of Tuesday night’s Lakers’ win over the Nuggets fans in Staples Center were chanting “Murray sucks,” then as the clock expired Isaiah Thomas made sure to toss the ball directly to Murray.

This expanded in the final minute to the Lakers’ Julius Randle taking exception to Nikola Jokic and shoving him to the ground.

Randle, via ESPN.

“I just didn’t like [how] he was coming down flailing, flapping his arm and stuff,” Randle said. “And that’s fine, and that is his game, but when you hook my arm and try to pull my shoulder out of place, I don’t like that.”

I’m not even sure Jokic would bother to shrug at that. Might not be worth it.

In the previous two meetings between these teams, the Lakers took exception to Murray’s antics. At the end of a December Lakers’ win, Murray dribbled around Lonzo Ball at the end of the game rather than just dribble out the clock. Then in a game a couple of weeks ago, Lakers players and coach Luke Walton took exception to Murray talking too much at the end of a Nuggets win. The teams split the season series 2-2 (although though this loss knocked Denver back to the 10 seed in the West and a game out of the playoffs).

These are two of the rising teams in the West, they could be going at it — with much of the same personnel — for years. Maybe this “beef” will develop into something. Right now it’s suburban. At best.

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