Westbrook: Battier ‘Trying to punk me’
And all this came after Heat forward Shane Battier got (Russell) Westbrook mad.
“That’s all I need every once in a while. I don’t know what he was thinking,” Westbrook said. “He was trying to punk me.”
A frustrated Westbrook had nine points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field and missed both 3-point attempts while dishing six assists in the first half. Perhaps he spent precious energy in a dance routine, moving furiously during the pregame introductions. The Thunder followed Westbrook’s lackluster lead despite Kevin Durant’s solid start (13 first-half points). Miami was certainly in control as it owned a lead as large as 13 points before walking into the locker room at halftime up 54-47.
“I needed something. We needed something,” Westbrook said.