Russell Westbrook Avoids Suspension After Rudy Gobert Altercation

Russell Westbrook Avoids Suspension After Rudy Gobert Altercation

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and handed a retrospective technical foul after a clash with Utah's Rudy Gobert, the National Basketball Association said Tuesday. The NBA, however, ruled that Westbrook had already subbed into the game when he approached Gobert and eventually slapped his hand away. Both picked up technical fouls amid the niggle and Jazz forward Jae Crowder was ejected when his left forearm struck the Thunder's Kiwi centre Steven Adams in the face.

The NBA will review Russell Westbrook's actions during his altercation with Rudy Gobert on Tuesday (AEDT), according to a report from KSL.com .

"I was at the scorer's table waiting. Once they did that, then obviously the altercation happened, so I was already on the floor". We've just got to make sure we match that and keep our composure, just have fun and play. Wall and Beal are the Wizards' best players, so the pair's production has been necessary for the team to win.

But perhaps the most damning thought of the night came from Isiah Thomas on NBA TV after Westbrook, Anthony and George finished their postgame news conference.

Jazz: Ingles is 10 of 21 from 3-point range over his last two games. Westbrook guaranteed that Rubio wouldn't repeat his triple-double and on that part he was accurate: he also committed four fouls in the first half, rendering him ineffective the rest of the way.

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Paul George scored 32 points to lead the Thunder, and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 14 rebounds, but their supporting cast did not do enough to stop Utah in the chippy matchup which heads back to Oklahoma City for Game five.

"I told him to be here for Game 3", he said.

The Jazz know full well the series isn't over yet and are trying not to pile on the Thunder or get them riled up.

"It's not about me and him", he said when questioned about defending Rubio, according to ESPN's Royce Young. Along with Mitchell's continued success, the Jazz are also receiving contributions from other players such as Ricky Rubio, Joe Ingles and Derrick Favors.