Don't ever interrupt Russell Westbrook's pre-game vibe.
The Dallas Mavericks tried just that Monday night before taking on Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of their series and paid the price severely, going viral for their troubles.
When Westbrook and teammate Cameron Payne were doing their pre-game dance routine, Mavs' reserve forward Charlie Villanueva stepped between them to which Russ shoved him out the way.
Mavs' rookie guard Justin Anderson tried Westbrook, too, but was also pushed out the frame ferociously.
The Mavs should have known that Russ is not the one.
"That's for the guys that don't play," Westbrook told ESPN after his Thunder suffered an 85-84 loss, knotting their series at 1-1. "You gotta do something."
Whether that blatant interruption had anything to do with Westbrook shooting 8-of-22 for a quiet 19 points and teammate Kevin Durant missing 26 shots — the most playoff-game misses since Michael Jordan in 1997 — is up for debate, but Villanueva seemed happy about trolling Russ, nonetheless.
"I wanted to get invited to the party, but I didn't get no invitation," Villanueva sarcastically told the Dallas Morning News about Westbrook and Payne's pre-game dance routine.
This isn't the first time that Villanueva and Westbrook put hands on each other. During a Mavs-Thunder regular-season game this past January in Oklahoma City, Westbrook and Mavs guard J.J. Barea got into a scuffle, which had Villanueva stepping in and actually choking Russ at one point. Both players were ejected.
Let's see if Villanueva and the Mavs try Westbrook before Game 3 on Thursday night in Dallas.
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