A collision brought a man to the ground only for a second. He arose, made the free throws, and said some choice words after the game.
“I’m going to get his ass,” Russell Westbrook said. “Straight up.”
With that moment, this series became once again no longer about just Kevin vs. Russ. When Draymond Green popped Steven Adams in the nether regions, this head-to-head match up took a bit of a turn. On Tuesday nigh, it decided to take another.
Sure, Westbrook and Durant aren’t on speaking terms, but we knew that. The cold shoulder from Westbrook to Durant is something we knew. We knew Green likes to kick like a Rockette. However, the jawing between Zaza Pachulia and Westbrook started early in the second quarter and came to ahead in the final seconds of the quarter.
Pachulie hit Westbrook hard while going for the ball in the closing seconds of the first half and sent him to the floor on his backside. Pachulie stood over Westbrook as the triple-double machine laid sprawling on the floor. Pachulia was hit with a flagrant-1 foul.
Zaza Pachulia staring Russ down pic.twitter.com/nzM69ZS50A
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“Nah, I didn’t see until just now, but I don’t play that game,” Westbrook said. “I’m going to get his ass back so — whenever that is, I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I don’t play that game.”
“A hard foul is part of the game, which is good,” Pachulia said. “First of all, I don’t think it (was) a foul. But if they call it a foul, it was hard, he fell, he felt it, I’ll take it. We move on.”
While the Warriors are by far and away better than the Thunder, this match up is going to continue being cantankerous and I, for one, really can’t wait until Feb. 11.
Oh and not to leave it out, right at the end of the game, Westbrook had to corral his teammates: