John Wall, when asked about Lonzo and LaVar Ball over the weekend on our Wizards Tipoff podcast, said that Lonzo is a "nice kid" but the trash-talking his father does will be "taken personally" by other NBA players. He explained how Lonzo will "be targeted" because of those comments.
Wall stopped short of saying whether he himself had taken them personally. Well, now LaVar is going after his Wizards.
In a video posted by Ball Is Life on Monday, Ball calls out the Wizards, who they host on Wednesday at the Staples Center:
"Washington is coming in here Wednesday? They better beware because Lonzo ain't losing again, not in the same week."
Wizards center Marcin Gortat saw the video soon after it was posted and tweeted that Wall is going to "torture" Ball for 48 minutes:
man..... pleaseeeeee!!! @JohnWall will torture him for 48min 😂😂😂😂— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) October 23, 2017
The Wizards play the Nuggets on Monday night, but it's hard not to look ahead at Wizards-Lakers which just got even more interesting.
For Wall's full comments on the Ball family, plus his explanation of 'Wolf Season,' check out the Wizards Tipoff podcast:
MINNEAPOLIS -- Even though he was signed to help the Vikings replace Adrian Peterson, Latavius Murray has been behind nearly from the day he stepped foot in Minnesota.
Plowing through the Baltimore Ravens as he did on Sunday should help him catch up in a hurry.
Murray rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and Kai Forbath kicked six field goals to lift the Vikings to a 24-16 victory over the Ravens.
After making the decision to move on from the face of the franchise, the Vikings signed Murray away from the Oakland Raiders to help fill the void. But ankle surgery kept him out of the entire offseason program, all of training camp and most of the preseason and buried him on the depth chart behind Dalvin Cook, who was lost for the season with a knee injury on Oct. 1, and Jerick McKinnon.
"I just think it was a matter of me just trying to find my rhythm, try to get a groove going," Murray said after averaging 6.3 yards per carry. "I said eventually I know I would have some success. I knew I had to continue to keep doing what I do and continue to keep working, and hopefully like today, those big runs will pop."
Forbath made kicks of 52, 51, 43, 43, 34 and 32 yards to back another suffocating effort from the defense for the Vikings (5-2).
Minnesota sacked Joe Flacco five times and allowed just 208 yards. Everson Griffen had two sacks and has nine for the season.
Justin Tucker kicked three field goals for the Ravens (3-4), including a 57-yarder in the first half. Flacco completed 26 of 38 passes for 186 yards and a 13-yard touchdown to Chris Moore as time expired.
"Those clich?s like `worn down' and `gap control,' it's just all meaningless chatter," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after his team gave up 169 yards rushing. "We've got to do a better job against the run and get them stopped. They did a good job and we didn't."
The nine combined field goals tied an NFL record for most made field goals in a game.
Murray was off to a slow start this season with just 97 yards rushing through the first six games. But he burst through a big hole in the third quarter, made one cut and surged to the end zone to give the Vikings an 18-6 lead.
"It's good to see him going," coach Mike Zimmer said. "It adds a dimension on the offense with a guy like Jerick and a guy like him."
Case Keenum had an erratic afternoon, completing 20 of 31 passes for 188 yards and one interception for the Vikings.
Flacco, who entered the day with a 66.1 rating that was good for 31st in the league, was stuck under 100 yards passing until well into the fourth quarter.