January 10, 2022; Portland, Oregon, United States; Portland Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little (9) dives for a loose ball in the second half against Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) at the Moda Center. The Trail Blazers won the game 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little took to Twitter to defend his game against Brooklyn, which Nets guard Kyrie Irving called “bad” and “unnecessary.”
The game in question occurred in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game between the two teams, won by Portland.
Chasing a loose ball near the sideline, Little followed Irving, who was slowing near the sideline. Little dove to kick the ball around and deflect it from Irving, and curled around Irving’s left ankle. The ball went out of bounds as Irving suffered on the sideline.
Irving stayed in the game, but was clearly annoyed by Little because of his post-game comments.
“It’s just one of those bad rooms, you know?” Irving said. “I tried to pull away but I just felt like it was just… it was pointless, you know?” Like, for him to dive that far towards the ball. I was just trying to get out of it. But just a useless game.
“I understand that Nassir (Little) wants to go get the ball, but like, bro, it’s just a bad game. Like it just wasn’t a good game for basketball, I could have break my ankle or do something worse, there’s just no room in our game for that, ”added Irving.
Nets fans on social media took it a step further, calling the game dirty.
Little had none on Tuesday.
“I would never hurt anyone on purpose, I have the utmost respect for Kyrie! But you’re all deluded if you think this is a bad room, and I will do it again,” Little tweeted.
I would never hurt anyone on purpose, I have the utmost respect for Kyrie! But you’re all delusional if you think this is a bad play, and I will do it again. Idgaf what are you talking about https://t.co/kcChvvupG4
– Nassir Petit (@ 2ez_nassie) January 11, 2022
Irving, who finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists against the Blazers, said he would be ready to play in Chicago on Wednesday.
Little finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal.
–Field level media