Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is considered one of the fieriest players in the entire league. His intensity makes him a polarizing player, as he has been known to mix it up with opposing point guards frequently.
Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has long been known as Westbrook’s No. 1 enemy, but it appears as if there is some competition for that “honor.” In the Thunder’s game Wednesday night, J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks engaged in multiple scuffles with Westbrook.
The first one took place with 5:17 left in the second quarter, when Barea and Westbrook’s arms got tangled up on a Westbrook shot attempt. After the play, it appeared as if Barea swung his arm in the direction of Westbrook, which led to all 10 players on the court getting involved.
During the scuffle, Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva put his hands on the throat of Westbrook, which led to two technical fouls and an ejection. Westbrook was assigned his first technical of the game, but would soon earn his second.
Four minutes later, Westbrook was driving to the lane, and Barea reached in for a hard foul. Clearly frustrated, Westbrook had some choice words for Barea and was immediately ejected from the game.
The ejection comes as a bit of a surprise, especially after Westbrook recently made comments about his focus on avoiding technical fouls. While this ejection wasn’t the result of arguing with officials, it still serves as a reminder that Westbrook needs to keep his emotions better in check.
Luckily for Oklahoma City, they were facing a shorthanded Dallas Mavericks team that they easily went on to beat 108-89.