Russell Westbrook receives flagrant foul for smacking Zaza Pachulia


Russell Westbrook receives flagrant foul for smacking Zaza Pachulia

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or, sometimes, just with a flagrant foul.

You'll have to take Russell Westbrook's word for it. The Oklahoma City point guard once promised retribution towards former Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia, and he got it Friday night in a matchup between Westbrook's Thunder and Pachulia's Detroit Pistons.

Let's rewind the clock:

On Jan. 18, 2017, Pachulia -- then with the Warriors -- was assessed a Flagrant-1 for a hard foul on Westbrook late in the first half, which resulted in Westbrook lying face-down on the floor, and Pachulia standing over him.

Following that game, Westbrook didn't hold back, saying "I'm gonna get his a** back. Straight up ... I don't play that game. I'm gonna get his a** back. Whenever that is, I don't know what it's gonna be ..."

Fast-forward a year to Feb. 24, 2018. Pachulia fell on top of Westbrook's legs underneath the Warriors' basket, an act Westbrook deemed intentional following the game.

"Obviously, it was intentional," Westbrook declared. "Nobody touched him and he fell on my leg, tried to hurt me."

When asked if Pachulia was a dirty player, Westbrook responded, "Yeah. For sure."

Which brings us to Friday night, just over a year since that most recent incident.

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There's no question Westbrook was attempting to give a hard foul, and based on the officials' assessment -- they gave him a Flagrant-1 after review -- he went a little overboard.

There's still a decent chance the Warriors and Thunder could face off in the first round of the playoffs. Pachulia wouldn't be in that series, obviously, but here's assuming that won't stop Westbrook from finding a reason to get worked up for it.

How Warriors' three rookies compare to their competition around NBA


How Warriors' three rookies compare to their competition around NBA

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

The year of player development for the Warriors has not resulted in many wins, but the growth of their rookies has been mostly impressive, particularly for forward Eric Paschall, and to a lesser extent, guard Ky Bowman.

First-round draft pick Jordan Poole has struggled mightily with his shot, but has shown glimpses of his potential with a pair of 20-point games.

For the first time in quite a few years, the Warriors are able to give their most inexperienced players ample playing time. This extended opportunity helps paint a picture of how Warriors rookies compare statistically against the rest of the rookies around the NBA.

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Here are some major statistical categories that the Warriors rookies appear at or near the top:

Free Throw Percentage (20 attempts or more)

1) Ky Bowman 95% (19 of 20)
2) Jordan Poole 85.4% (41 of 48)
3) Rui Hachimura 84.4% (27 of 32)
7) Eric Paschall 81.4% (83 of 102)

Three-Point Percentage (55 attempts or more)

1) P.J. Washington 42.9% (30 of 70)
2) Cam Johnson 41% (34 of 83)
3) Ky Bowman 39.7% (23 of 58)

Field Goal Percentage (200 or more attempts)

1) Eric Paschall 50.7% (140 of 276)

Total Points

1) Eric Paschall: 380
2) Kendrick Nunn: 321
12) Ky Bowman: 204
13) Jordan Poole: 188

Rebounds per game

1) Brandon Clarke: 5.9
2) Rui Hachimura: 5.6 
3) Eric Paschall: 5.5

Assists per game (Min. 20 games played)

1) Ja Morant: 6.4
5) Ky Bowman: 2.7
7) Jordan Poole: 2.1

Assist-to-turnover ratio (Min. 10 games played/15 minutes per game)

1) Terence Davis: 2.86
2) Ky Bowman: 2.10
6) Jordan Poole: 1.69

Monta Ellis: Joe Lacob 'deserved' boos at Chris Mullin jersey ceremony

Monta Ellis: Joe Lacob 'deserved' boos at Chris Mullin jersey ceremony

On March 13, 2012, Golden State traded fan-favorite Monta Ellis to the Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut.

Six days later, the Warriors retired Chris Mullin's No. 17 jersey during halftime of their game against the Timberwolves. And during the ceremony, the Oracle Arena crowd incessantly boo'd owner Joe Lacob to voice its displeasure with the franchise's decision to part ways with Monta.

It was a night Warriors fans never will forget.

Klay Thompson recently said that he felt bad for Monta because the 2005 second-round pick found out he was being shipped to Milwaukee by watching "SportsCenter."

To nobody's surprise, Monta wasn't happy with how the transaction transpired because team executives told him hours before the deal became official that he would remain with the Dubs.

“Not only so much that they traded me, (but) just how they went about trading me," Monta recently told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. "If they would’ve traded me and let me know the process of everything that was going down, it would’ve been a whole lot better.

"I mean, that was a career-changing experience right there."

The 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player was watching live from his hotel room in Portland when Lacob got showered with boos.

“I was laughing — but crying at the same time,” Ellis told Thompson. “Because it was bad. It was like, man, all I did for that city, for that organization. Put my body on the line. Even when they doubted me when I came back from my ankle injury.

"I felt like I deserved to know everything that was going on with the process of that whole little thing. It just went sideways. So when I (saw) that I laughed and I said, ‘He deserved it.’"

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At the time, Dub Nation was fed up with losing and didn't have faith that things would improve.

Fast forward nearly eight years later and it's safe to assume that Warriors fans everywhere are extremely thankful that Lacob and Peter Guber own the Warriors.

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