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Russell Westbrook gets two consecutive dead-ball blocked shots against Pacers (VIDEO)

Apr 13, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

This is all Kevin Garnett‘s fault.

Midway through the fourth quarter Sunday in Indiana, Russell Westbrook continued his tradition of blocking his opponent’s meaningless shots that were launched after the whistle.

This is not unusual, as Westbrook does this all the time — even to opposing team’s mascots. What made this particular instance unique was the fact that Westbrook almost killed himself blocking a second attempt after already rejecting the first one.

Garnett was viewed as a [jerk] back in the day for doing this, but the practice has since gained its fair share of fans. Shooters can gain confidence by seeing their shots splash through the basket, so there’s an argument to be made not to give up freebies, and maybe to try and intimidate a little bit instead.

But twice on one possession? That’s taking things to the extreme, even by Westbrook’s standards.

[video via EOB]

  1. eureca323 - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    I’ve always thought it was a stupid thing to do. Why waste any energy on that? Especially late in the 4th of a close game. How stupid would he feel if he hurt his back on that last block attempt.

    • zerole00 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I think the first block was fine since he was already there and it didn’t take much effort, but racing to block that second one was excessive. I don’t think we’d be quite as critical if it weren’t for his fall with the second though.

      I think it’s hilarious how into it he was lol

  2. antistratfordian - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Hey, when you’re losing, you try to find a way to win at something.

    I, for one, think this is immature and low class.

  3. huskerguy - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    I love it!!! Definite head games. Go to your time out, it’s not shoot around.

    • tashab03 - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Huh? He looked like an idiot. lol HE needs to go to his time out.

  4. pacersfan1 - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Why take a chance of getting hurt or making yourself look silly in front of a national broadcast. Did he get a trophy or a prize for blocking two shots during a timeout. Congrats Westbrook you get nothing you lose good day sir!

  5. basketballbro - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Everyone talks about how players risk getting injured and such.. I don’t get it.. I do stupid stuff like this all the time when playing pick up and I just walk off the pain whenever I get hurt (which happens more often than you’d think). I never seem to get injured though.. Is it because the players are so big that falls like this are much more devastating? Or do we just consider a potential ankle tweak as an injury?

    • melsredmazda3 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Ever heard of freak accidents? It can happen to anybody.

    • savvybynature - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:17 AM

      It’s because they are getting paid millions by teams that are publicly subsidized (both directly by the cities they play in and indirectly by fans through merchandising), and part of the expectation is to take care of your body and not act like a jackass.
      It’s not that complicated.

  6. 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    I liked it. lol

  7. davidly - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    How funny would it’ve been if the ref — having burned a fatty prior to the game — spaced out and called a goal-tend.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      It would have been funny, considering burning is carcinogenic. Had a vaporized it would have been funny.

  8. reesesteel23 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    O what a bunch of girls. Did it hurt your feeling when he did that? You guys also support the “no dunking over the goal posts” rule too in the NFL? Bunch of David Stern’s in here.

  9. mogogo1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    First one was fine but the second one was an injury just waiting to happen. And this is a guy who has already missed significant time this season and is vital to their playoff chances. Needs to play smarter than that.

  10. cscamp20 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    why is this news?

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