Yes, that was really Kyrie Irving who took to Instagram to express his issue with Zaza Pachulia landing on Russell Westbrook during the Golden State Warriors’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. While riding on the Celtics team bus from Madison Square Garden to the airport, Irving watched the controversial play and then offered his thoughts by posting: “The league has to take a look at this man, that [expletive] is ridiculous.” On the play, Westbrook drove to the basket, missed, and dived for the rebound, falling to the floor after colliding with Golden State’s Nick Young. With Westbrook and Young sprawled on the floor, the 270-pound Pachulia also fell onto the legs of Westbrook. Westbrook was not injured, but he and several teammates said later that it was a dirty play. Add Irving to the list of players who take issue with Pachulia’s tactics. The NBA did not reprimand Pachulia, who denied intentionally falling on Westbrook and said he was tripped by Young. “I think everybody kind of saw what happened,” Irving told the Globe. “Whether Nick’s foot pushed him down forward, we’ve seen it over and over, and I don’t want to direct just him being a very, very dirty player strictly on him because a lot of dirty plays happen throughout the NBA, but I mean when it’s consistently happening.
Kyrie: Zaza should've been punished for fall despite not injuring Russ
Boston Globe | Mar 2