WATCH: Russell Westbrook Hooks The Neck of Pacers Players In Ugly NBA Foul

Published 11/24/2021, 11:27 PM EST
Nov 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) argues a call in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Westbrook in his prime days may have been one of the greatest all-around players we have ever seen on the court. However, one cannot deny that in the fourth quarter, on the spectrum of keeping your nerves, he is very polar.

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What that means is Russell Westbrook could be the most clutch player on the court who would most likely make the last shot. Nevertheless, on his off days, he also often lets his nerves get the best of him. And in tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers, it seems like that is exactly what happened. He aggressively fouled Sabonis in what we can only explain to be a fit of recklessness. They awarded him a flagrant 1 foul on this athletically aggressive block attempt.

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Russell Westbrook gets awarded a Flagrant 1 on a reckless block attempt

In the fourth quarter of a nerve-racking game against the Indiana Pacers, Westbrook did what Westbrook usually does. An aggressive block attempt on Sabonis got him a flagrant 1 foul in the crucial moments of the game. Even against his old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook did not hold back.

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He has a history of being on the polar ends of the spectrum of keeping his cool in the fourth quarter. For him, there is no in-between. Sometimes, it is extremely appalling to see that the NBA ranks Westbrook on top of it’s clutch scoring list.

And even though that might be the case, he certainly does not hold back his words and off-the-ball actions. Despite what he did against his old team when he faced them this season. It is hard to imagine that only a few seasons ago, Westbrook was doing this with the same team.

What does this mean for Westbrook and the Lakers?

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If Westbrook could keep his calm in the end moments of the game as often as he did against the Pistons, the Lakers will be grateful. Since his excessive expression of his feelings often yields a bad result for his team.

Nov 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the ball over Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) in the second half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Even though he has the confidence to always be the guy who makes the last shot. He should look for the best shot for the team instead of being a little selfish about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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