In anticipation of tonight’s game, All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook was asked if he had any hard feelings toward Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who infamously set a very hard pick on him, the second time the two teams met at Oracle Arena.
The Oklahoma City all-around guard dodged the question like a pro and spoke of the importance of the game instead of the personal animosity (or lack thereof) between the two.
Russell Westbrook on seeing Zaza Pachulia tonight: pic.twitter.com/KNVIMbDDzQ
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 20, 2017
“I’m just excited to play,” Westbrook told ESPN’s Royce Young. “Both teams are competing for something special and I’m just excited to come out and compete.”
Westbrook had notably promised to get Pachulia back for the hard foul, after the team’s 21-point loss to Golden State on Jan. 18 — a promise he was unable to fulfill on Feb. 11 at his home arena, as Pachulia was sidelined with an injury.
Actions will speak louder than words as Westbrook and the Thunder ride a five-game win streak to tonight’s matchup against a Kevin Durant-less Warriors, now looking to challenge the L.A. Clippers for the fifth spot in the West.