With seconds to go before halftime, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr yelled at the top of his lungs, telling his players they had one more foul to give as Westbrook handled the ball guarded by sixth man Andre Iguodala — a pick-and-roll effort ended in Pachulia coming in hard and knocking the 6-foot-3 guard to the ground, but the play was reviewed, giving the big man a Flagrant 1 foul and Westbrook two free throws and possession.
The Oklahoma City Thunder guard had some choice words for the Georgian international following the game.
“I’ma get his ass back. Straight up,” Westbrook told reporters.
“Nah, I didn’t see that until just now, but I don’t play that game.” he said when asked if he noticed Pachulia was standing over him following the foul. “I’ma get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don’t know when it’s gonna be, but I don’t play that game.”
Westbrook on the Pachulia incident: "I'm gonna get his ass back for that one." pic.twitter.com/yJDYes2nXn
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 19, 2017
The NBA is likely to come down on these threats as they have before, as they’ve always tried to protect the image of the league, so expect Westbrook to hear from the league office very soon regarding his comments. If he is indeed fined, it’ll add to the cumulative $53,000 Thunder players have had to pay in fines this season, the second-most in the league after the Sacramento Kings.
As for Pachulia, he’s likely to receive a warning at most, but nothing else as there was no verbal or physical interaction after the foul occurred.
The Thunder have now lost six of their last 10 games since the start of the new year after their 121-100 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, sitting tied in sixth place in the West along with the Memphis Grizzlies.