Russell Westbrook pushes unruly Denver Nuggets fan after loss

With 1.4 seconds left on the clock and the Nuggets inbounding the ball, Russell Westbrook lost Gary Harris on the final inbounds play.

That one second allowed the Michigan State guard to get wide open across the court. When Westbrook realized that the ball was going to Harris, he high-tailed it to try and recover, but in the NBA, all you need is a inch of daylight to get your shot off. As you may know, Harris ended up  hitting a buzzer beating three that gave the Denver Nuggets a 127-124 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But the drama wasn’t over. Shortly after the shot, a frustrated Westbrook was walking along the sidelines when an idiot fan stood in his way. The fan, who was on the court, was in Russ’s path and not just that, but was goading the defending NBA MVP.

Westbrook shoved the foolish fan in the shoulder using his left hand as a referee and a Nuggets employee jumped between them. The employee and security escorted the fan to leave the court.

“You gotta be able to protect the players, man,” Westbrook said after the game. “The fans are obviously there to enjoy the game, but they can’t come onto the floor. That’s totally unacceptable.” And we agree wholeheartedly. We wouldn’t have rationalized if it went any further than just a shove, but we would have understood.

It’s simply ridiculous that a fan thinks they have the right to approach a player and talk trash to them when all they did was sit in their seat and eat a hot dog or seven. This fan wouldn’t have been able to compete on any court or field with Westbrook and we doubt he would have done that in any other gym outside of an NBA arena where he knows he has nothing to lose and the NBA player has everything to lose.

We not only commend Westbrook from keeping his cool, but also for almost scoring another triple double with 20 points, 21 assists and 9 rebounds. Nikola Jokic notched a monster triple double with 29 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists including the game winning assist. Jamal Murray scored 33 and Harris added 25 points. Paul George led all Thunder players with 43 points.

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