What most NBA fans thought would happen, has happened, as Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia will reportedly get off scott-free after falling over and landing on Russell Westbrook in the Warriors' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week.
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For those hoping/wondering/expecting the NBA to discipline Zaza Pachulia in the wake of Saturday's incident with Russell Westbrook, I can report the NBA will not be taking any action against him. Pachulia and the Warriors play the Knicks at MSG tonight.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 26, 2018
" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tim Bontemps reported Monday that the NBA were not looking to either fine or suspend the big man for the incident involving himself, Westbrook and teammate Nick Young.
In case you missed the incident itself, the footage shows Pachulia in some pretty damning light.
According to Westbrook, he thinks Zaza should be receiving punishment considering he did it on purpose.
"Nobody touched me," Westbrook said, per the Mercury News' Mark Medina. "He fell over my leg. He tried to hurt me. But hey, that’s how it goes."
Russ' teammate Paul George agreed with Westbrook's sentiment.
"Zaza making a Zaza play," arguing the 34-year-old center is "on the end of hurting a lot of guys."
Zaza himself -- as well as teammate Kevin Durant -- contend that the fall was merely an accident given Pachulia's clumsy nature, and he meant no harm by it.
But when you consider Zaza's track record with injuring opposing players, it becomes a lot harder with each incident that passes to blow them off as accidents, especially when you bring up the fact Westbrook and Pachulia have had run-ins in the past.