The NBA has fined Oklahoma City Thunder players Russell Westbrook and Paul George as well as head coach Billy Donovan $15,000 each for their postgame comments about the officiating after their loss in Portland on Sunday.
Billy Donovan, Paul George and Russell Westbrook have each been fined $15,000 for criticizing the refs after Sunday’s game in Portland.— Mike Richman (@mikegrich) November 8, 2017
Westbrook sounded off about inconsistent refereeing after the game in which Carmelo Anthony was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul against Jusuf Nurkic. The initial call on that play was against Nurkic before officials reviewed it, ultimately deciding the contact Anthony made was not a natural basketball move and was unnecessary enough to warrant ejection.
Donovan, in his postgame comments, also questioned the ejection and the officials’ decision to not review a play where Westbrook was hit in the face:
I thought that play should’ve been reviewed. It may have proven nothing, but I think when someone gets hit in the face and goes down to the floor and you gotta call a timeout, you should at least review it just to make sure. I don’t know why they reviewed the other one. Maybe whoever it was, Nurkic, whoever it was, stayed down longer. I probably didn’t ask Russell to stay down on the court long enough to get it reviewed.
In addition to the fines, the NBA announced that the flagrant 2 foul on Anthony will stand. They did rescind a flagrant foul called on Westbrook in the Thunder’s loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.