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Oklahoma City Thunder: Play that injured Russell Westbrook is seen hundreds of times every NBA season

In Game 2 on Wednesday, Houston guard Patrick Beverley swiped at the ball. In the process, the left side of his hip collided with Russell Westbrook's right knee. John Rohde takes a look at why a swipe at the ball as a timeout is called is a fairly common move in the NBA.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 26, 2013

Houston team members insist the collision was incidental, while many on the Thunder side considered it a dirty play.

“A play like that, that always happens,” said Houston guard James Harden, who was Westbrook's teammate in OKC for three seasons. “In the game of basketball, when the opponent thinks a team is going to call time out, a guy is going to go for the steal. That happened in so many occasions, not just last game.”

Beverley called Westbrook one of the top three point guards in the NBA, but was unapologetic for what happened.

“A lot of people do it throughout the league,” Beverley told the Chronicle. “Anyone who knows me, I don't go out to try and hurt anybody. I play at one speed. That's fast. … I was just trying to make a play on the ball before they called timeout. A play like that is unfortunate right now. No intention at all to try to injury anybody.”

Beverley smiled and said he was unconcerned about the abuse he endured on Twitter throughout Friday.

“That type of pressure doesn't get me,” Beverley told the Chronicle. “The pressure I used to get growing up just walking to the corner store without something happening to me, I could really care less about any Twitter like that. It was hard going to school growing up some mornings. I can let this one from Twitter be.”


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