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Russell Westbrook is passionate about the game of basketball. Sometimes that can cause a display of emotions to come bubbling out during a game. On Thursday night during the Thunderâ€™s nationally televised game against the Dallas Mavericks, Russ andÂ Thabo Sefolosha had some sort of disagreement on the floor in the third quarter. Kevin Durant tried to soothe things over, but Russ was still visibly upset during a time out and refused to join the huddle. Assistant coach Maurice Cheeks attempted to calm Russell down but that didnâ€™t work out either. Russ then decided that he needed to go to the locker room to pull it together. All this was taking place as the Thunder were up by 25 points.
This is the play that proceeded the outburst.
Russell eventually calmed down and returned to the bench and sat out of the game for most of the third and finally returned to the game in the fourth quarter.Â coach Scott Brooks was asked about Westbrookâ€™s tantrum after the game.Â He replied, â€śIt was nothing. He just had to regroup,â€ť andÂ later added, â€śThereâ€™s no question he was frustrated with himself. Heâ€™s an emotional guy.â€ť
When TNTâ€™s Craig Sager asked Russell about the incident following the game, Russ was pretty tight lipped, Â calling the situation a â€śmiscommunicationâ€ť and saying he controlled his temper â€ślike a man.â€ť Finally responding to Â Sagerâ€™s last question with â€śIf thatâ€™s what you say bruh.â€ť
That canâ€™t be good. Of course the normal team speak will come out and say everything is fine, etc. etc. but you have to wonder if behind the scenes, teammates and staff arenâ€™t getting a little tired of Russellâ€™s stubborn streak.
curtsy to Beyond the Buzzer