Russell Westbrook, Paul George call out Zaza Pachulia for “dirty” fall on Westbrook
Zaza Pachulia has a reputation. The league even created a rule — the “Zaza rule” — after he stepped under Kawhi Leonard last playoffs and twisted the forward’s ankle, ending Leonard’s playoffs and the Spurs chances.
Then Saturday night, as the Warriors pulled away in the second half and routed the Thunder, this play happened, where Pachulia fell on Westbrook’s leg.
While there was some contact, was that really enough to knock Pachulia over? It doesn’t look like it, it looks intentional, but remember Pachulia falls into a lot of guys — including Kevin Durant last season. This, however, was ugly.
After the game Westbrook and Paul George called Pachulia out.
Paul George on the Pachulia play: “I’m going to take the Russ approach: Did you see what happened? You know Zaza, you know his history. Nobody pushed him. He aimed his fall ... He’s on the end of hurting a lot of guys.”— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 25, 2018
Even the Celtics’ Kyrie Irving chipped in on this.
It will be interesting to see if the league does follow up. There is some history here.