The Thunder lost a game on Sunday and lost Carmelo Anthony for much of the second half.
Yesterday, there was still no word on whether Russell Westbrook would lose some money for his reaction.
The Thunder point guard was livid after Sunday’s 103-99 loss to the Blazers at the Moda Center, suggesting that there’s a bias from officiating crews when it comes to his team.
Westbrook’s take came in reaction to a pair of third-quarter plays. He was hit in the face and fell to the court with 6:35 to play in the quarter, a play officials did not review though Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he asked them to.
Paul George, too, expressed concern that the Thunder — and Westbrook in particular — “haven’t been getting the benefit of the doubt” from officials.
Anthony was more diplomatic. He said the officials’ call on his drive was wrong, and said he hoped the league would review the call and change it, though as of late yesterday afternoon, it had not.
Russell Westbrook got a triple-double on an off day.
The Thunder guard was credited with a 10th assist in last Tuesday’s win at Milwaukee after the NBA reviewed a play on which Westbrook lobbed to Steven Adams for a dunk but wasn’t credited with an assist.
The play came with 5:15 remaining in the first quarter of Oklahoma City’s 110-91 win against the Bucks.
Westbrook originally finished the game with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. With the addition of the 10th assist, he has four triple-doubles this season.
Plays and statistical rulings routinely are reviewed, and not just when triple-doubles are at stake. A wide range of plays are examined daily.
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