Thunder Coach, Players Fined By NBA

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The NBA on Wednesday fined three members of the Oklahoma City Thunder for their derogatory comments about the officiating in OKC’s 103-99 loss to Portland on Sunday night.

The league fined head coach Billy Donovan, forward Paul George, and guard Russell Westbrook for their postgame remarks.

Most of the Thunder’s displeasure was related to a flagrant 2 foul call on Carmelo Anthony, who went up for a layup against Jusuf Nurkic, and was called for an excessive elbow to Nurkic’s face.

It appeared Anthony was just double clutching as he went up, trying to draw a foul.

Donovan said he’d “never seen in the history of the game a guy get an and-one play and then get ejected from the game.”

“I’m trusting the fact that they looked at the replay and it did determine that, but three guys are on the court, and they call an and-one? And then a guy is thrown out of the game?”

Westbrook called the officiating a “bunch of bull—-,” and added, “I just think that when it’s us, our team, myself, they don’t do the same thing they do other games.”

George said the Thunder “haven’t been getting the benefit of the doubt” from officials.

The NBA also upheld the ruling on Anthony’s flagrant 2 foul, saying “Anthony extended his elbow into his opponent’s face, which is dangerous and reckless in nature.”

The league did downgrade a flagrant 1 foul on Westbrook from Tuesday’s loss to Sacramento.

The Thunder are 4-6 on the season and next play at Denver on Thursday night at 9:30 pm central time.


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