Hawks Eager for Re-Match with Westbrook

Friday, March 4, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Russell Westbrook had a triple-double when the Hawks fell to the Thunder on New Year’s Eve earlier this season. A great game no doubt, but the way he recorded his 10th assist ruffled some feathers in the Atlanta locker room.

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With time winding down and the Hawks conceding defeat and willing to let the time run out, Westbrook initiated a fastbreak to get his triple-double.

“You don’t do that,” said Hawks coach Larry Drew after the game. “The game is over with. The game is over with. You’ve got the ball, you run the clock out. Just that plain and simple.”

Even Oklahoma City’s coach Scott Brooks wasn’t pleased with Westbrook’s decision.

“When you got the game won, you run the clock out, “Brooks told The Oklahoman.

Finally, the Hawks players definitely took notice.

“That’s a sign of disrespect,” Josh Smith said after that game. “Everybody in the whole league knows that you don’t do nothing like that. We remember something like that.”

Smith won’t be in uniform tonight, but Al Horford will be. This morning Horford agreed that these types of things aren’t forgotten.

“Oh yeah, we remember,” Al said following morning shootaround. “We are looking forward to playing tonight.”