Wizards guard Russell Westbrook had to leave Wednesday night's Game 2 in Philadelphia after suffering an apparent ankle injury during the fourth quarter. As he was helped off the court and into the tunnel, a fan poured popcorn on him just before he exited the floor.
Wizards trainers and assistants who were helping Westbrook to the locker room had to restrain Westbrook after the incident, as the former MVP angrily yelled and pointed into the stands.
At the time of the injury, Westbrook had 10 points, 11 assists and six rebounds on 2-for-10 shooting, with Philadelphia comfortably ahead by double digits.
The fan was eventually ejected. The end of the video appears to show other fans sitting just above the entryway to the tunnel pointing up to identify the person who threw the popcorn.
The 76ers went on to win, 120-95, to take a 2-0 lead in the series. After the game, Westbrook expressed his frustration in what he calls the latest instance of fans crossing the line.
"To be completely honest, this s--- is getting out of hand, especially for me," Westbrook said, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst. "The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the f--- they want to do -- it's just out of pocket," Westbrook said. "There are certain things that cross the line. Any other setting ... a guy were to come up on the street and pour popcorn on my head, you know what happens. In these arenas, you got to start protecting the players. We'll see what the NBA does."
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