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Russell Westbrook, Paul George and coach Billy Donovan had been every fined $15,000 on Wednesday for essential feedback of officiating after the Oklahoma City Thunder’s loss Sunday to the Portland Trail Blazers.
After Carmelo Anthony was controversially ejected for a flagrant foul 2 in third quarter — a name the league upheld after additional evaluate — Westbrook, Donovan and George all gave ideas about that play, in addition to a play moments earlier than that was not reviewed after Westbrook was caught within the face.
“I just think they don’t referee the same way all the time,” Westbrook added. “They pick and choose when they want to do it, which is not fair, in my opinion. I’ve been in this league for a while, and I’m able to see it and understand it and see what’s right or what’s wrong, but I can see it’s blatant, s— that’s not getting looked at, in my opinion. Get hit, you need to look at it. You look at everything else, you need to take a look at it.”
During the third quarter in opposition to Portland, Anthony attacked the basket and collided with Nurkic midair, double-clutching a layup try. Anthony caught Nurkic with an elbow to the face, earlier than ending an and-1. After evaluate, the and-1 was worn out and Anthony was assessed a flagrant 2, leading to an ejection.
The league mentioned on Wednesday the play stays a flagrant 2.
Donovan didn’t instantly criticize the officers about Anthony’s ejection, saying solely that he had by no means seen a participant thrown out for an and-1, however he was fined for answering a query about Westbrook’s free throw struggles by declaring an general free throw discrepancy on the season.
Source: Royce Young of ESPN