Westbrook fined $15,000 for profanity after loss

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Westbrook fined $15,000 for profanity after loss

New York (AFP) – Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday for using inappropriate language during a post-game interview session, the league announced.

Westbrook uttered a profanity in comments following the Thunder’s 115-111 playoff loss at Houston on Wednesday, a defeat that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round series that continues Friday at Oklahoma City.

Westbrook scored 51 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and passed off 13 assists in the loss, setting a club playoff one-game scoring record and producing the most points in any triple-double in playoff history.

But when asked about his statistics during a post-game news conference televised live by several media outlets, Westbrook said, “I don’t give a fuck about my line.”

Asked about the fine after practice Friday, Westbrook said, “If somebody is cussing me, I hope they get it too. I’m OK with it. I’ll take it.”

Westbrook was fined $25,000 last year for cursing at a spectators who was heckling him during a first-round playoff series against Dallas.

Westbrook led the NBA in scoring this season with 31.6 points a game and also averaged 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per contest, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season. He also had 42 triple doubles this season to break Robertson’s record for the most in a single campaign.

Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook, pictured during the quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets on April 19, 2017, used profane language in an interview following his team’s 115-111 loss that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the series
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