Westbrook on Pachulia: 'He attempted to harm me'

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Oklahoma City Thunder ensure Russell Westbrook indicted Golden State Warriors core Zaza Pachulia of intentionally perplexing to harm him when Pachulia landed on his leg late in a third entertain of a Warriors’ 112-80 win Saturday night.

Westbrook gathering to a basket and shot a contested floater over Nick Young, with Pachulia trailing a play. The round strike a front of a rim, and Westbrook and Young jumped for a rebound, contrary with any other before collapsing to a hardwood.

This time, it’s Golden State’s spin to blow out Oklahoma City

After a delayed start injured by bad shooting, a Warriors pennyless open a tighten diversion opposite a Thunder for a matter win.

Pachulia, station nearby, somehow fell to a belligerent and landed on Westbrook’s left leg. Pachulia afterwards got adult to join his group on offense. Upon impact, Westbrook immediately reached for his knee and began jolt his conduct in disbelief.

When reporters attempted to ask Westbrook following if he suspicion a occurrence was intentional, he had a feisty back-and-forth exchange.

Westbrook: “What do we meant what happened? What’d we consider what happened? Don’t lie, don’t lie, we saw a present replay 4 times. What happened?”

Reporter: “He fell on your leg”

Westbrook: “Thank you. Don’t ask me a reticent doubt we know a answer to.”

Reporter: “Did we see it?”

Westbrook: “What did it demeanour like? What it demeanour like? Anybody hold him? Yes or no?”

Reporter: “I didn’t see a replay.”

Westbrook: “Oh, we didn’t see it? But because we seeking about something we didn’t see? Well afterwards if we didn’t see it, don’t ask me a question. Don’t ask me reticent questions, man. Obviously, it was intentional. So don’t ask me if it was intentional. Nobody overwhelmed him, he fell on my leg, attempted to harm me. But hey, that’s how it goes.”

On if a NBA needs to residence it, Westbrook said, “Hey man, they’ll see it and demeanour during it, we know what I’m saying? They’ll see it.”

Asked if Pachulia is a unwashed player, he said, “Yeah, for sure. For sure.”

Boston Celtics ensure Kyrie Irving even weighed in on Instagram, posting: “The joining has to take a demeanour during this, man. This s— is ridiculous.”

“You know Zaza,” Thunder brazen Paul George said. “You know his history. You know nobody pushed him. He directed where he was gonna fall. That’s Zaza creation a Zaza play. He’s on a finish of spiteful a lot of guys.”

When ESPN approached Pachulia about Westbrook’s accusation, he said, “No comment. That’s childish. Come on. I’m not responding to that.”

Westbrook seemed to be really exhilarated about a occurrence after a game, secretly display other players and staffers video of a play.

The dual players have a small story dating behind to final season.

During a Jan 2017 diversion opposite a Warriors, Westbrook used an Enes Kanter shade and attempted to spin a corner, though Pachulia stepped adult and rammed his physique into Westbrook, promulgation him to a floor. Pachulia afterwards stood over Westbrook for a few seconds while staring him down. Pachulia perceived a extreme 1 foul.

“He strike me kind of hard, though it’s all right,” Westbrook pronounced during a time. “I’m going to get his donkey back. Straight up. … I’m going to get his donkey back. Whenever that is, we don’t know when it’s going to be, though we don’t play that game.”

Pachulia has dealt with identical debate with other players.

In Game 1 of a 2017 Western Conference finals opposite a San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard suffered a left ankle damage after Pachulia slid underneath his feet on a burst shot. The damage kept him out a residue of a postseason as a Warriors swept a series.

The occurrence caused an indignant Gregg Popovich to unleash his ire during Pachulia in a postgame interview.

“Who gives a damn what his vigilant was?” Popovich pronounced then. “Have we ever listened of manslaughter? You still go to jail, we think, when you’re texting and we finish adult murdering somebody, though might have not dictated to do that. All we caring is what we saw. All we caring about is what happened. And a story there exasperates a whole conditions and creates me very, really angry.”

Pachulia, who came off a dais for a second true diversion and granted 4 points, 6 rebounds and 1 retard in 19 mins Saturday night, had during slightest one chairman profitable him a compliment.

“He only did a good pursuit of being physical, staying in a game, fighting out and being in a right place,” Warriors manager Steve Kerr said. “The same things he’s been doing for dual years for us, he did tonight.”

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