With 10 minutes, 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the Wizards behind the 76ers by 17 points in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, Westbrook stepped on the 76ers’ foot, guard Furkan Korkmaz, and rolled his ankle. .
As he limped off the floor to the locker room for treatment, a fan poured popcorn on Westbrook as he walked down the tunnel. This angered Westbrook, who had to be restrained by several team officials and Wells Fargo Center security personnel.
A fan seated near the tunnel was escorted by security shortly after the incident.
“I wouldn’t come and see myself on the street and throw popcorn in my head, because you know what’s going on,” Westbrook said after the game, as the Wizards lost 120-95 to fall into a 0-2 series hole. “In these arenas you have to start protecting the players. We’ll see what the NBA does. “
Valerie Camillo, president of commercial operations for the Wells Fargo Center, said in a statement that the incident “was classy, unacceptable behavior” that would not be tolerated.
“We are proud to have the most passionate supporters in the country and the best advantage on the pitch and on the ice at home, but this type of behavior has no place in our arena,” the statement said.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks said the fan who threw the popcorn should be banned, and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James also weighed in on the situation in a Message Twitter, writing: “By the way, WE AS PLAYERS want to see who threw that popcorn at Russ as he left the game tonight with an injury !!” There are cameras everywhere in the arenas so there is no excuse! Because if the [shoe] was on the other [foot]. »
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By the way, WE AS THE PLAYERS want to see who threw that popcorn at Russ as he left the game tonight with an injury !! There are cameras everywhere in the arenas so there is no excuse! Because if the 👟 was on the other 🦶🏾.🎥 #ProtectOurPlayers
– LeBron James (@KingJames) May 27, 2021
Earlier in the game, Westbrook briefly came off the ground to work on another right leg injury after falling as he kept Ben Simmons on a post play at the end of the third quarter. Westbrook struggled on the night, shooting 2 for 10 with 10 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.
As for the feel of his ankle for Saturday’s Game 3, Westbrook said, “We’ll see. ”