It might have been just another foul in the old days but Pachulia’s antics after it, standing over Westbrook in a macho kind of manner made the incident seem worse. And even worse for Thunder fans in that no teammates really rushed to Westrbook’s side when Pachulia stood over him.
It’s got some of the veterans on the team talking in the locker room.
Anthony Morrow on guys not getting in Zaza Pachulia's face the other night after the flagrant on Westbrook: pic.twitter.com/6S1J07MV5s
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 20, 2017
“Guys ran up. It was at the end. I made sure Russ was OK. That’s just something that between us we had to talk about. I addressed it right when we got in the locker room. I was on the bench. I don’t see that happening again. If I’m on the court or some other guys are on the court, I don’t see that happening again. Ain’t nobody going to fight, we’re not going to fight on the court, but we’ve got to let people know they ain’t going to be able to do that.”
This kind of thing is definitely serious for teammates. Westbrook does so much for the Thunder that it was kind of surprising all four of his teammates didn’t rush to his side when Pachulia sent him to the deck.
In the moment, they may not have realized exactly what happened, which is the only excuse for the event.
Westbrook has pledged a personal vendetta directed toward Pachulia for what he did, and Anthony Morrow is probably right that if another incident like this takes place, Westbrook won’t be alone in the fight.