Russell Westbrook And Stephen Curry Were Reportedly Involved In Scuffle During Game
The Golden State Warriors invaded Oklahoma City for the second time this season Monday night (March 20). Many thought the matchup would be different with Kevin Durant still sidelined with a sprained knee, but the intensity was still there from the fans and players, and unfortunately for the Thunder, the result remained the same. The Warriors completed the 4-0 season sweep of OKC with a convincing 116-95 victory powered by seven three-pointers apiece from Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
Right before halftime things between the rivals boiled over during a jump ball. Curry and Thunder guard Semaj Christon were fighting for position and before the jump ensued, the two players got into a heated shoving match, where Draymond Green and Russell Westbrook also hopped in to defend their teammates, Bleacher Report states. All four players mentioned were accessed technical fouls for their transgressions.
Westbrook on the scuffle: "Once I see something going down with my teammates, I'm hopping in" pic.twitter.com/uBD67VUkhW
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 21, 2017
That was as much fight as the Thunder showed all night, allowing the Warriors to cruise to a 21-point win without their best player. When asked about the altercation after the game, Westbrook said, "Protecting my teammates, that’s what’s going through my mind. I think Curry tried to get into it with Semaj, tried to push him, and I stepped right in between. That’s it. Once I see something going down with my teammates, I’m hopping in."
Stephen Curry on that second-quarter scuffle with Semaj Christon and Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/xl4SQz59jT
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Curry didn't see things the same as Westbrook, even forgetting the name of the Thunder player involved in the shoving match. "Your normal jump ball kind of fight for position situation. I was just trying to get in between Russ and, how do you pronounce his last name? Trying to get in between them two," Curry said. "I felt him push me. I kind of let that first one go. Then, I kept going, and there was another little push. At that point, I just wanted to kind of hold my position. Much ado about nothing after that."
Draymond on scuffle "knew it was gonna happen" pic.twitter.com/rGyoAH1pz7
— CSN Warriors News (@CSNWarriors) March 21, 2017
Of course Green had to chime in admitting he knew a fight was coming when asked about the technical foul he picked up in the skirmish. "Jesus Christ. I don’t know. Nothing surprises me at this point when it comes to anything like that," he said. "I actually knew it was going to happen, to be honest with you. I didn’t do anything, but I knew it. If I’m anywhere in the area, it’s expected."
We can only hope these squads meet up in the first round of the NBA playoffs in April.