KEVIN Durant may be done talking about former teammate Russell Westbrook off the court, but that doesn’t prevent the Golden State Warriors forward from talking to the Oklahoma City Thunder guard on the basketball floor.
During the third quarter of their second meeting as foes on Wednesday, Durant was seen having some words with Westbrook with the ball not in play. With the Warriors up 10 at the 3:51 mark of the period, Durant got helped up by teammate Klay Thompson and immediately had his eyes fixed on Westbrook, approaching the Thunder star and initiating conversation.
Welp, they've talked pic.twitter.com/rCxU38cW4N— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 19, 2017
Westbrook can only be seen nodding as Durant kept talking. The OKC guard, though, insisted they’re still not on speaking terms after the Warriors 121-100 win, and denied there was a conversation between the two on the floor.
“Nah,” Westbrook said. “What exchange? You may sit close to the game, maybe you didn’t see it clearly.”
On the same play, Steph Curry also provided some comic relief. With Durant’s eyes fixed on Westbrook, Curry was left hanging on a high-five attempt so he had to improvise to save face. Watch:
Left him hanging. It's cool, Steph will just high-five himself. pic.twitter.com/KB2PquzNOq— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 19, 2017
Westbrook, though, had some strong words for Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia, who was assessed with a flagrant foul 1 after standing over the OKC star from a collision near the end of the first half.
“I don’t know. He hit me kinda hard, but I’m gonna get his ass back. Straight up,” he told reporters after the game, adding that what irked him more was the stance after they collided.
“Nah I didn’t see that, just now, but I don’t play that game,” added Westbrook, when asked if he was aware of Pachulia’s taunting stand after the impact. “I’m gonna get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don’t know what it’s gonna be, but I don’t play that game.”
The Thunder host the Warriors on February 11 in what's sure to be another heated encounter.