Andrew “Ender” Wiggins, as much as his aggressive play and defensive fortitude might make it seem otherwise, is a proud Canadian. On nights like tonight, it’s worth remembering this, because the only possible explanation for his unceasing desire to destroy Jazz center Rudy Gobert is a long unresolved debate about Quebecois secession between the two. How else do you explain this?:
Unfortunately for Wiggins, either his disdain for francophone independence or bouncing the ball off the top of Rudy’s head after that second dunk was a bridge too far. Gobert had a rather emphatic rebuttal for the Torontonian teen’s third attempt:
In the end, whether the showdown was politically motivated or just two exceptional young players challenging themselves and each other, we can only hope they keep at it for years to come.