The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Houston Rockets in game 2 and head back to Oklahoma City down 2-0 to NBA MVP candidate James Harden and his high-powered Rockets offense. But the Thunder didn’t go down lightly as their own NBA MVP candidate, Russell Westbrook, had an epic game of his own on Wednesday night.
Westbrook scored 51 points, handed out 13 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds on the night. It was one of his best games of his career and also the most points scored in a triple-double in NBA Playoffs history. But the Rockets still came away with the win and apparently no matter how good Westbrook’s line was, it just wasn’t enough. He wanted that win, as you would anticipate.
Russell Westbrook was obviously upset at the result but he still had a great game. The one problem with Russell’s comments is he made it on a pretty public stage, considering the postgame press conferences are broadcasted live on NBATV. Hard to censor those. So the NBA released an official statement on their decision to fine Westbrook fine for his remarks.
NBA has fined Russell Westbrook $15,000 for using inappropriate language during his recent postgame press conference. pic.twitter.com/U5KDM7m5A3
— Rob Lopez (@R0BaTO) April 21, 2017
Westbrook seemed prepared for the fine but he also hopes other players who curse also get fines.
It should be noted that Westbrook was not fined for a similar comment following one of his historic triple-doubles during the season.
Westbrook on if he was trying to pad assists late: "I was 6 for 25. What the f*** you want me to do?" (NSFW, of course) pic.twitter.com/9M6sLMxQy8
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) April 8, 2017