Russell Westbrook received a $10,000 fine and a postgame technical on Tuesday stemming from an altercation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert in Sunday’s Game 4. This was announced per a league release on Tuesday evening.
The fine may seem like a bad thing, but Westbrook could have been suspended for Wednesday’s Game 5, so this is much better than the alternative.
Here’s the clip:
According to the league, the fine was for “initiating a confrontation”, rather than leaving the sideline, which many thought was the issue. Here’s the official release:
Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a technical foul after the fact for his altercation with Rudy Gobert last night. Here is the full release: pic.twitter.com/8nxfwHrRCj— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) April 24, 2018
The Thunder face elimination on Wednesday night at 8:30 PM CT.