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OKC's Russell Westbrook eats words: does not 'shut sh*t down'

Aside from being outplayed by the Utah Jazz backcourt, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard could end up sitting out Game 5 because of his actions in a fourth-quarter altercation.


Kahron Spearman


It's not a good day for Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook

 

He had promised to shut down Utah Jazz Ricky Rubio in Game 4 after he worked him over for a triple-double in Game 3, but it backfired as Westbrook quickly drew four personal fouls in the first half. 

 

Rubio would shot just 4 of 12 from the field, but he finished with nearly as many assists (eight) than the Thunder recorded as a team. The Thunder would fall 113-96 to Rubio's Jazz. 

It wasn't about me or him,. Let's get past that. We done with that.

Russell Westbrook
Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder

Even worse for him, there's a chance Westbrook could be suspended for Game 5. 

 

As he waited to check in during the fourth quarter of Utah's Game 4 victory on Monday, Westbrook came onto the court and confronted Gobert after the foul, slapping away the Utah big man's arm.

 

The league is reviewing his involvement, including whether he was actually waved into the game. If video evidence shows he wasn't, he'll likely sit for Game 5.

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