Russell Westbrook and his Thunder teammates weren’t the only ones around the NBA who felt Zaza Pachulia purposely fell on the defending MVP’s legs on Saturday night.
Want Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter.
A couple of All-Star point guards watched on television as the Warriors center landed hard on Westbrook and both agreed it was a dirty play.
Celtics star Kyrie Irving, commenting on an Instagram post, said of Pachulia, “The league has to take a look at this man. That (expletive) is ridiculous!!”
Oakland’s own, Damian Lillard of the Blazers, also didn’t seem to think Pachulia’s awkward fall was any accident.
BS play smh https://t.co/AqmCjfemWQ
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) February 25, 2018
ESPN analyst David Fizdale, once an assistant coach with the Hawks when Pachulia played in Atlanta, wouldn’t say whether he thought the play was dirty. But the former Grizzlies coach did offer up some defense of Pachulia.
“You’d rather have him on your team than not,” Fizdale said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a winning piece. But Zaza’s one of those guys, if you’re not with him, he’s gonna come after you.”
In Westbrook’s mind, this is the second time Pachulia’s come after him. Westbrook came out on the wrong end of a collision with Pachulia last season when he was knocked to the floor by the Warriors center.
While there may be reason to believe Pachulia didn’t intend to land on Westbrook on Saturday night, good luck trying to change the Oklahoma City star’s mind.
Why the Warriors value Andre Iguodala’s intangibles, downplay his low shooting numbers
What we learned in the Warriors’ emphatic win over the Thunder
Kurtenbach: Why I don’t think Zaza Pachulia intentionally fell on Russell Westbrook
Warriors center Zaza Pachulia on benching: “It’s really been tough”
Zaza Pachulia denies he intentionally fell on Russell Westbrook’s legs
“Obviously, it was intentional,” Westbook told reporters after Golden State’s lopsided 112-80 victory. “Nobody touched him, he fell on my leg, tried …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports