Zaza Pachulia collided with Russell Westbrook toward the end of the first half of the Warriors-Thunder game on Wednesday night. Westbrook fell to the ground while Pachulia stood over the OKC guard and stared him down.
Zaza lays out Westbrook and stands over him pic.twitter.com/oCFEn1peJq
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At first glance, it may look like the two simply ran into each other, but if you slow it down, you can see Pachulia raising his arms to make contact as Westbrook tries to dribble around him. The officials called a flagrant one on Pachulia.
Zaza Pachulia stands over Russell Westbrook after foul pic.twitter.com/caGf2E0CoF
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Update: After the game, Westbrook was asked about the incident. He replied:
“I don’t know. He hit me kind of hard, but it’s all right. I’m gonna get his a— back. Straight-up.
From USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick:
“Nah, I didn’t see that (Pachulia standing over him) until just now, but I don’t play that game. I’m gonna get his a— back soon. Whenever that is, I don’t know when it’s gonna be, but I don’t play that game.”