During Monday’s shootaround, the Warriors forward praised Steph Curry for his 49-point outing against the Thunder. But he didn’t stop there. “Forty-nine points in 29 minutes, though, that’s unreal,” Bazemore said. “Then we got guys hurting hamstrings, trying to keep up. So, ya’ll gotta do some research on that.”
On the same night Curry dropped 49, Beal put up 50 in an OT win over the Pacers but left the game early with a hamstring injury – one Bazemore referred to. After the two traded haymakers, Steph bumped his scoring average to 31.9 PPG, with Beal close behind at 31.4 PPG.
Three games to go in the regular season, the race for the 20/21 scoring title is going down to the wire. And while Steph dropping 36 on the Jazz in yesterday’s win improved his case, Beal, who missed Monday’s game against the Hawks, is ruled out for Wednesday’s game as well.
So when Bazemore insinuated Beal’s injury works in his favor in the race for the league’s scoring leader, the 27-year-old shooting guard called him out for it in a series of tweets.
@24Bazemore I don’t do the subliminal’s !!!!!!!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 11, 2021
@24Bazemore you don’t know me or shit about me bruh!!! You don’t know why I go out there and play and it damn sure ain’t for another man’s approval!!! You a straight LAME!!! But it don’t surprise me coming from you, thats what’s yo type do!!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 11, 2021
I stay in my lane!! Focus on BRAD. Idc what another man doing in this league. I’m concerned about me and MY GUYS over here!! Keep that goofy shit over there @24Bazemore !!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 11, 2021
While Beal was bashing Bazemore for his comments, the Warriors forward was in the middle of arguably his best game of the season. After he dropped 19 points in a 119-116 win over Utah, he was asked about Beal’s reaction to his words.
I guess you can’t joke anymore. I don’t say things to ruffle feathers, but if you want to know what my loyalty is, it’s to Curry. Anyone out there chasing him, it’s gonna be tough. There’s nothing really to explain; I was laughing, jokingly, half-heartedly said it. There was nothing malicious about that comment.Kent Bazemore, ESPN
Bazemore continued by saying Bradley is “a great player,” and he even wished him “a speedy recovery.” But despite trying to downplay the situation, the 31-year-old forward was wrong to joke with another player’s injury. He was clearly trying to support his teammate, but that wasn’t the right way to do it. I bet even Steph would agree with that.