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Last year the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. However, their victory came at a steep price. Russell Westbrook was injured in Game 2 when Houston’s Patrick Beverley dove in front of him to steal the ball just as a timeout was being called. The play wasn’t exactly dirty, but it was unnecessary. And given that Westbrook missed the rest of the playoffs after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee, it’s not hard to understand why there would be some lingering hostility between these two.
Of course, Westbrook missed the Thunder’s first two games against the Rockets this year because he had to have more arthroscopic surgery on that right knee back in December. So his reunion with Beverley was postponed twice already. Last night, however, the two finally faced off for the first time since their clash in April, and it didn’t take long for things to get heated.
Midway through the first quarter, with Westbrook bringing the ball down the court as the Thunder were calling a timeout, Beverley decided it would be fun to reenact the play that led to Westbrook’s injury last year.
Here’s the original incident from the playoffs last year:
And here’s the incident from last night:
That wasn’t the end of it for these two, either. Just one minute later there was another skirmish that required the refs to step in and separate them:
Something tells me Patrick Beverley is the most hated sports figure in Oklahoma City these days. If these two teams meet up in the playoffs it could get ugly.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Oklahoma City won the game, 106-98.
Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]