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Stephen Jackson: Zaza Pachulia Plays Dirty to Compensate for Lack of Talent

01 March 2018

Warriors center Zaza Pachulia reportedly won't be disciplined for falling on Russell Westbrook's leg during the Warriors' 112-80 win over OKC on Saturday.

The Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving commented on a replay video posted on Instagram and said the National Basketball Association officials have to review Pachulia's plays.

Pachulia, who had trailed the play, then fell directly on Westbrook's legs.

The Kiwi center was asked if his Oklahoma City Thunder would feel the need to retaliate in the same way a starting pitcher would be tasked with pelting an opposing batter for a prior transgression of a brushback pitch or an intentional hit-by-pitch in a game.

Pachulia also had a run-in with Westbrook last season following a hard foul - ruled a flagrant 1 - where he stood over Westbrook, leading Westbrook to say he would "get his ass back".

"I don't think Zaza is trying to hurt anybody", Durant said after practice on Sunday, as reported by the Mercury News.

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Westbrook was upset Saturday, and he seemed incredulous when a reporter asked him what happened on the play.

"Obviously, it was intentional", Westbrook said.

And his teammate, Paul George, agrees with Russ. "He is clumsy, don't get me wrong". Nobody pushed him. He aimed his fall. But I watched the tape. "That's Zaza making a Zaza play". A lot of big guys are.

Zaza, on the other hand, claimed that Nick Young's foot was caught behind his knee, pulling him down.

With several players piling in on Pachulia, teammate Kevin Durant has come out in defence of the 15-year man and disagrees that he was looking to hurt anybody. You still go to jail, I think, when you're texting and you end up killing somebody but may have not meant to do that. Pachulia and Westbrook had an incident last season in January.

Stephen Jackson: Zaza Pachulia Plays Dirty to Compensate for Lack of Talent