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Russell Westbrook fined $10K by NBA

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Westbrook avoids suspension, but was still hit with a fine on Tuesday evening.

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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:

The Thunder face elimination on Wednesday night at 8:30 PM CT.