After a review by the NBA, Russell Westbrook has been given a 10,000 dollar fine and assessed a technical foul for the incident with Rudy Gobert during the fourth quarter of Game 4.
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 by NBA and issued technical foul for incident with Utah’s Rudy Gobert in Game 4 last night.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 24, 2018
Westbrook would not be receiving postgame discipline for this, however, he was possibly facing a suspension for not being in the game when he and Gobert got into a tiny scrum. Russell was at the scorer’s table checking in right before the confrontation.
So I went back and checked the OKC feed of the Westbrook-Gobert incident and it's still unclear whether he was checked in or not….Looks like Westbrook made the ref aware that he was coming in and the ref waved him in but ref was still checking out the situation on the court. pic.twitter.com/DRh2eDN8P2
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 24, 2018
It is not clear whether Westbrook was officially checked back in the game, so this is a bit of a repercussion from the league. All things considered, it is a sigh of relief considering it could be detrimental to the Thunder if Westbrook was suspended for game 5, as Oklahoma City faces elimination.
The league seemingly decided that Westbrook did not leave the bench to get into the confrontation, so no suspension was needed.
It was a rough game 4 all around for Westbrook, who came out super aggressive on Ricky Rubio, causing him to get into some unnecessary foul trouble. Emotions boiled over for Westbrook and other Thunder players, as there was plenty of stoppage with extracurricular activities happening all throughout game four.
Russell is averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists during the postseason for Oklahoma City. Though he is only shooting 36 percent from the floor, and just 21 percent from three-point territory.
With no more discipline coming down on Westbrook from the NBA, the Thunder will need a lot more from Westbrook if they have any chance in getting back into this series.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!