The Dallas Mavericks lost handily to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, so it appears the Mavs are trying a new strategy for Monday night’s Game 2: Get under Russell Westbrook’s skin.
Mavericks forwards Charlie Villanueva and Justin Anderson took on the bold task of trying to irk Westbrook by not-so-nonchalantly interrupting Westbrook’s pregame dance routine with Cameron Payne. Westbrook has been doing the dances with Payne for much of the season, so it was not exactly a surprise to Dallas what was about to happen.
Villenueva and Anderson casually roamed in between Payne and Westbrook, and were quite literally shoved aside by Russ.
I mean, of all the people you’d least want to anger before an NBA playoff game, you’d think it would be the man capable of posting a triple double in 18 minutes. The Mavericks may have just sealed their fate.
UPDATE: Russ responded after the game (which the Mavericks somehow won!), saying Villanueva’s antics are what “the guys that don’t play” do.
Game 3 is in Dallas on Thursday.