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Video: Russell Westbrook ejected from Rockets-Warriors game

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook got ejected from Thursday night’s Houston Rockets-Golden State Warriors game after getting into it with his opponents.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Westbrook followed up an Austin Rivers made layup by grabbing what he thought was the rebound. He elbowed Damion Lee and then challenged Lee by yelling at his opponent:

As if that weren’t enough, Westbrook then had words with many Warriors players — even ones on the bench.

Westbrook was called for a technical foul, which was his second of the game, triggering an ejection.

Westbrook had 21 points and 10 assists before being tossed. The Rockets guard is now up to 13 technical fouls on the season. If he gets three more, he would be suspended for a game.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shouts out Russell Westbrook after first career triple-double

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is definitely carrying the torch from his predecessor in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder guard recorded the first triple-double of his NBA career in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, putting up a massive 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists. After the game, Gilgeous-Alexander gave a shout-out to Thunder great Russell Westbrook a.k.a Mr. Triple Double.

“Tryna catch Russ to be honest,” said the 21-year-old. “20-20-20 next, you know what I’m saying?”

Indeed, Westbrook recorded a 20-20-20 game just last April for the Thunder in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. While Gilgeous-Alexander has said that he is not trying to fill Westbrook’s shoes, he will have a hard time avoiding the comparisons if he keeps putting up stat lines like this.

Russell Westbrook gets awesome tribute video from Thunder

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook on Thursday night returned to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder as an opponent for the first time in his career.

Westbrook, who was drafted by the Thunder organization in 2008, played his entire career — 11 seasons — for the Thunder until being traded to Houston over the summer. Upon his return, Westbrook received a great tribute video from the organization that included some of his quotes and memorable highlights as well as community work.

The 31-year-old guard was an 8-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, and former league MVP during his time with OKC. He and Kevin Durant teamed up to help the Thunder become one of the best teams in the Western Conference the past decade, which included an NBA Finals appearance in 2012. Overall, the Thunder made nine playoff appearances in Westbrook’s 11 seasons with the team.

Russell Westbrook trolls Patrick Beverley with wave after ejection

Russell Westbrook wave

Patrick Beverley was ejected towards the end of the LA Clippers’ 122-117 loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night, and nobody was happier about that outcome than Russell Westbrook.

Beverley picked up a foul while playing defense late in the game. He was called for a technical foul after complaining about the personal foul call and was ejected because the tech was his second of the game. Westbrook then waved to Beverley after the ejection, and the Rockets guard was called for a tech too.

James Harden had to calm down Westbrook and tell him to be smarter and use his head since the outcome was still in question.

Westbrook celebrating Beverley’s ejection is not surprising considering the negative history between the two.

Beverley caused Westbrook a serious knee injury during the 2013 playoffs with a defensive play on him:

The two continued to exchange trash talk over the years. They did so in the 2017 playoffs when the Thunder and Rockets met. Westbrook also took a shot at Beverley after the Rockets’ win over the Clippers in November.

Westbrook scored 40 points in Houston’s comeback win on Thursday.

Rockets-Clippers game delayed to check basket after Russell Westbrook complains

Russell Westbrook rim

There was a brief delay in Thursday night’s Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers game at Staples Center after a complaint that one of the baskets was off.

Russell Westbrook noticed an issue with the basket early in the third quarter and got someone to come check the basket. A staffer got on a ladder and used a level to check the rim, which was perfectly level.

One of the game’s officials later told the TNT broadcasting crew that the “backboard might be off a hair to the left or right, but the rim is level.”

The backboard being slightly crooked may have been what threw off Westbrook.

The Clippers led by 15 at halftime after outscoring Houston with a big second quarter.

Russell Westbrook takes shot at Patrick Beverley

Wednesday night’s Houston Rockets-LA Clippers game proved to be entertaining on many levels.

James Harden scored 47 points in the 102-93 win, while Austin Rivers managed to get his dad Doc a technical foul. On top of that, Patrick Beverley fouled out, leading Russell Westbrook to take a shot at his counterpart after the game.

Westbrook dismissed Beverley’s reputation for being a defensive stopper, saying the guard tricked everyone into thinking he was good on defense.

Beverley was asked about Westbrook’s comments but declined to engage.

Harden went for 47 points and the Clippers lost. There wasn’t much for Beverley to be able to say except, “hey, it’s November. Call me if this happens in the playoffs.”

Plus, maybe he didn’t want to get into it because despite the loss, the numbers showed Beverley actually did shut down Harden when defending him.

Just don’t expect Beverley to make his teammates look bad by pointing that out.

Mike D’Antoni wants to run ‘six seconds or less’ offense with Russell Westbrook

Mike D'Antoni

Mike D’Antoni appears to be trying to one-up his old Phoenix Suns teams.

Speaking with the media on Friday, the Houston Rockets head coach discussed the kind of pace he wants his offense to have with Russell Westbrook aboard.

“Six seconds or less, baby,” said D’Antoni, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “We’re working on it.

MacMahon also noted that the Rockets had 27 fastbreak points in their season opener against Milwaukee, matching their most in any game last year. While Houston did lose by the final of 117-111, they played at a pace factor of 111.5, well over their mark last season of 100.4 (per ESPN).

Of course, D’Antoni revolutionized modern conceptions of NBA offense with his famous “Seven Seconds or Less” style with Steve Nash and the Suns in the 2000s, the point being to get a shot off within seven seconds of the shot clock. He did previously say that his offense wouldn’t change much with Westbrook, but some stylistic tweaks here and there could help the Rockets reach their full potential with the Brodie in tow.