If you think you know people that are more petty the OKC Thunder, you are so wrong.
The series between the Thunder and Blazers is 2-1 in favor of Portland, but the Thunder were out to prove that they are not going down without a fight.
Westbrook/Schröder vs. Lillard
The majority of Oklahoma City Thunder players were caught on camera preforming acts of pettiness on a basketball court Friday night. Leading the petty pack was Russell Westbrook.
Russell Westbrook is a fierce competitor, a former MVP and one of the pettiest players in the league. It is safe to say that Westbrook takes his 1-on-1 matchups seriously and his matchup with Blazers guard Damian Lillard is more than heating up.
The Thunder entered the game down 0-2 in the series and desperately needed a spark at home. Westbrook played the whole game with limitless energy and also found the time to taunt Lillard after every…single…bucket. Westbrook rallied behind the support of the home fans and his personal vendetta towards Lillard en route to a 33-point 11-assist performance in a much needed win for the Thunder.
The pettiness of the Westbrook/Lillard matchup reached a fever pitch during the 3rd quarter when Westbrook hit a TOUGH contested jumper through contact for an and-one.
After the whistle, Westbrook and what seemed like the entire OKC bench proceeded to do his signature .”Rock the Baby” celebration.
Just when it seemed as if this matchup could not get any more chippy and despite the fact that the “Rock the baby” may have fueled a 25-point 3rd quarter from Damian Lillard, backup guard Dennis Schröder decided to throw his hat in the taunting ring.
Schröder took it to the next level when he repeatedly mocked the signature “Dame-Time” celebration late in the game. As a fan of chippy basketball and trash-talk this is exciting to see because of the response that it elicited from Lillard after the game.
Game 4 Prediction
After suffering his first loss in the series and watching Westbrook and Schröder act a fool, I am looking forward to Dame focusing his efforts on the court in order to silence the Thunder faithful in game 4 in order to comfortably travel back to Portland up 3-1.