A Philadelphia 76ers fan threw popcorn on Russell Westbrook as the Washington Wizards guard was exiting the game to the locker room after suffering an injury. With 10 minutes to go in the game -- as Westbrook was exiting the game -- a fan dumped popcorn on the guard and the Washington star had to beld by Wizards staff and arena security.
"To be completely honest, this s--- is getting out of hand, especially for me. 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."
The Wizards lost Game 2 120-95 as the Sixers now have a 2-0 lead in the series. "Very disrespectful. Philadelphia is better than that," Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said.
Westbrook was furious after the game
"For me, there are a lot of incidents where fans, they say whatever, and the consequences for me are a lot more instrumental than to the fans in the stands because they feel they are untouchable," Westbrook said.
"To get food thrown on top of me, it's just bulls---. "Obviously, I have learned to look the other way. But to a certain extent, you can't just keep looking the other way. There has to be some penalties or something to put in place where fans just can't come to the games and do and say as they please.
"I really take this very personal. I am tired of the same thing. To me, I don't really see nothing changing. It just gets worse." Ben Simmons delivered a strong performance for the Sixers in Game 2 as he had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
"I'm not trying to stick to anybody in Philly," Simmons said. "I thought it was pretty hard to get 15 assists and 15 rebounds in the NBA in the playoffs. I thought that was pretty impressive. And we won. What y'all want? You want to win? For me, I'm here to win and I'm doing what I need to do to help my team win, whatever it is. I'm not trying to prove anybody wrong or anything like that. I'm trying to do my job to win."