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Thomas Robinson of the Portland Trail Blazers found a snake in his locker before Thursday's playoff game against the Spurs in San Antonio:
Estimated to be between 3 and 4 feet long, the snake was photographed by teammate Mo Williams and shared on Instagram.
"We get in the lockerroom n its a damn snake, yea a snake in the lockerroom," he posted. "Man we was scared as hell."
Casey Holdahl, the team's digital reporter, described the encounter on Twitter: "Robinson sat in his locker, saw something curled up in the corner, did a double take, realized it was a rattler, jumped about 20 feet."
A Spurs official later told ESPN that the snake was neither a rattler nor venomous, and it was released back into the wild.
But to Robinson, all that mattered was that it was a snake.
"I’m scared of them," Robinson said after the game, according to OregonLive.com. "I’m a city boy."
It's unclear whether the reptile was put in the locker intentionally, perhaps as a prank, or if the snake somehow slipped in on its own. But if it was meant to unnerve the Blazers, it appears to have worked. Robinson had just two points as Portland lost to the Spurs, 114-97.
San Antonio now has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series.