Russell Westbrook said his scuffle with Stephen Curry during the Thunder’s loss to the Golden State Warriors was about protecting his teammates.
Emotions have run high between the two teams since Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors in the offseason.
The injured Durant was courtside for Monday’s contest at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the Warriors eased to a 111-95 victory, Curry and Klay Thompson combining for 57 points.
With seconds remaining in the second quarter, Curry reacted angrily after being pushed by Semaj Christon as they jostled for position at a jump ball.
The Warriors are 11-4 without Durant this season, and hold a 2.5-game lead on the Spurs in the Western Conference entering Wednesday’s games. The success has heightened lately as they’re riding an eight-game winning streak.
When Durant does eventually make his return, the Warriors plan on slowly bringing him back into the lineup.
“I imagine we’ll ease him back by playing him shorter minutes to start Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys so he can build up his rhythm and his conditioning, but that obviously has a domino effect on the entire rotation,” coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week. “When we get to that point, we’ll figure Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys it out. It’s not something I’m giving a lot of thought to right now because he’s still at least a couple weeks away.”
While Durant isn’t ready to play right now, the Warriors’ injury update should encourage fans. He’s progressing nicely, and the team feels comfortable with his future. They may not need him now, but they certainly will once things heat up in the postseason.