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Video: Russell Westbrook and Metta World Peace fight for loose ball, receive double technicals

May 19, 2012, 3:12 AM EDT

Late in the second quarter of the Lakers’ Game 3 victory over the Thunder, Russell Westbrook hit the deck to secure a loose ball. Metta World Peace then attempted to reach in and grab it, hoping to get a jump-ball call from the official standing nearby. As with many physical plays involving World Peace, that’s when the fun began.

Westbrook fought like hell to keep the ball from World Peace, swinging his arms wildly while on the floor and appearing to attempt to get a timeout called before World Peace could gain a share of control. World Peace only got closer as Westbrook continued to flail, and eventually, Westbrook’s elbow hit the back of World Peace’s knee, which then conveniently dropped onto Westbrook.

Westbrook then flipped out a little, and quickly jumped to his feet to let World Peace know that his actions were not appreciated.

Joey Crawford stepped in with the timely and very physical taking away of Westbrook, everyone else had to be separated, and that was that. After the officials reviewed the play, it was determined only that both players were a little overly-aggressive in their actions, so double technical fouls were all that were issued.

With the recent history between these two teams — namely, the elbow from World Peace to the head of the Thunder’s James Harden before the end of the regular season that resulted in a seven-game suspension — you can’t blame the referees for being on a high alert of sorts to prevent things from escalating beyond basketball.

Westbrook basically downplayed the whole thing afterward when asked what happened.

“Not sure,” he said. “Just trying to get the loose ball and then quickly call a timeout, but I guess it was kind of hard for the refs to see it. That’s all I was trying to do.”

After watching the replay multiple times, it’s clear that there really wasn’t much to this little interaction. But it did set the tone for the rest of the game, both in terms of chippiness between the teams, as well as whistles blown by the officials.

The game was called more tightly than usual the rest of the way, with the Lakers shooting a whopping 42 free throws (and making 41) while the Thunder ended up hitting 26 of their 28 attempts.

That type of game is going to favor the Lakers in this series every single time.

  1. 69jaredallen69 - May 19, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Who would have ever thought that the words World Peace could be soiled by a wanna be rapper punk who may or not be all there in the head

  2. kavika6 - May 19, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Although I hate Ron Artest (I just can’t bring myself to say that other ridiculous name), Westbrook over-reacted. At the end of the day that over-reaction probably cost them the game.

  3. noirad - May 19, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Westbrook looked like a fish out of water lol

  4. Gordon - May 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    I want OKC to win, because they are fun to watch, but Westbrook looked like a b!+€# on that play.

    • crosberries - May 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      What basketball players don’t act like a b!+€h when theres a confrontation they usually run away from eachother open hand slapping at air

  5. hojo20 - May 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Nice knee drop into Westbrook.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      After Russ kicked him in the back of the leg, right.

      • crosberries - May 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Little girls

  6. cdog0o7 - May 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Russell Westbrook threw a Temper Tantrum. And when he couldn’t secure the ball he closed his fist and tried to punch Metta in the back of the knee. A successful punch like that injures Metta for the rest of his career.

    And then – after his punch “only” missed Metta’s knee to hit his calf, Russell then shoved Metta – while his feet were entangled.

    Thunder fans want consistency?

    That should be a 1 game suspension at least.

    Dangerous play? Yes.

    Russell Westbrook in the wrong? Yes.

    Metta in the wrong in that situation? No.

    I promise you – if Artest makes that very same action with Russell trying to get the ball – he’s thrown out of the game and gets 5 more games.

    Want consistency? Suspend the punk that is Russell Westbrook. He’s going for people’s knees. This isn’t the first time this season he tried to injury someone. For the safety of the players around the league, he must be punished.

    Oh, by the way – sound like a familiar diatribe? (See all the comments after the Metta elbow – overanalyzed at super slow speed. But Russell’s getting a pass.)

  7. cowboys8819 - May 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Obviously y’all were watching something else because u get a knee dropped on you by a punk like Metta and tell me you wouldn’t be upset! That dude really just needs to be suspended he is a joke!

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Obviously you’re blind. Russ kicked him in the calf, which caused Ron’s knee to drop.

  8. 11jlacy - May 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Metta thinking about wwf.

  9. dwirk - May 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    If OKC wants to win this series and the title they can’t get riled up over a player going after the ball. Ron is a little physical at times but its no different than 90’s Association basketball

  10. steelcitywhitty - May 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    watch the replay closely Westbrook elbows Metta behind the knee. The knee that is struck is what falls on Westbrook. This play all on Westbrook.

  11. dwirk - May 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    How come Perk never engages in anything when Artest is bullying his star players around? Where’s the “enforcer”

    • steelcitywhitty - May 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Perk has a bad hip and makeshift knees how is he going to bully anyone. But most importantly, between the two – only Artest is certifiably insane.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 - May 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    God I hate Russ.

  13. cullenand99 - May 19, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Russell Westbrook looks like the PG, I think Coach Carter’s son, from the movie “Coach Carter”.

  14. sweetnlow44 - May 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Don’t understand the double tech at all. Artest did what he was supposed to do and tie up the ball. Westbrook went completely insane. Artest shouldn’t be punished for that.

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