Watch: Mavericks try interrupting Russell Westbrook’s pregame dance
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.
Charlie Villanueva tried to get in the way of Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne's pregame routine: pic.twitter.com/7zhvasINPP— Royce Young (@royceyoung) April 19, 2016
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.
Russell Westbrook on Villanueva getting in the middle of his pregame dance: "That's for the guys that don't play" pic.twitter.com/AbwjZsASw8— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 19, 2016
Game 3 is in Dallas on Thursday.