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Rockets owner Leslie Alexander fined $100,000 for confronting official

Late in the first quarter of Tuesday’s playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander confronted referee Bill Kennedy.The league announced on Wednesday (via Dan Feldman, NBC Sports) that Alexander had been fined $100,000 as a result of his meddling.While owners confronting officials isn’t common, it’s not unprecedented, either. Dallas...
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Westbrook hasn’t ‘even thought about’ contract extension

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season has come to a disappointing end after losing in five games in its first-round series to the Houston Rockets courtesy of Tuesday's 105-99 loss.With that in mind, perhaps it’s not all that surprising that Russell Westbrook says he hasn’t had a chance to think about the future, specifically whether he’ll sign a long-term contract extension...
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Andre Roberson flattens Patrick Beverley with hard screen

He may often get criticized for his poor free throw shooting, but Thunder guard Andre Roberson is an excellent defender, and a very smart player.We saw that with an excellent block on James Harden early in Game 5 on Tuesday night, and in the job he did on the Rockets star during much of the series, often making him uncomfortable, and forcing him to dish the basketball.And Roberson...
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Russell Westbrook leaves court after losing series, no handshakes

Russell Westbrook was not in the mood for postgame handshakes after his Oklahoma City Thunder lost Game 5 of their playoff series in Houston on Tuesday night.The Thunder’s season came to an end with their 105-99 defeat to the Rockets in Game 5 of their series. TNT, which televised the game, showed Westbrook marching straight into the tunnel and off the court immediately following...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Allen Iverson’s pick for MVP is Russell Westbrook

As a former NBA MVP, Allen Iverson knows what it takes to be deserving of the most prestigious individual award the game has to offer, and he says Russell Westbrook should be this year’s MVP.The Hall of Famer sat down for an exclusive interview with B/R Mag and discussed his pick for MVP, among other things: B/R Mag: Who’s your MVP? Allen Iverson: Russ. B/R: Why? Iverson: I just...
Via The Sports Daily
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NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

The NBA has a new hotline for players to call and speak their minds about NBA referees, and it's still active for the playoffs. Players can appeal technicals, ask for clarification and demand answers to why Scott Foster is still allowed to work playoff games. It's a way to blow off steam without risking a fine or turning into a T-shirt. Each week, we’ll present a look at the hotline’s...
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Westbrook takes shot at Rockets for laughing at Roberson

Near the end of the Houston Rockets’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, Houston decided to hack OKC guard Andre Roberson.It worked like a charm. Roberson missed all but two of the eight free throws he attempted in the final minutes (he was 2-for-12 for the game). The Rockets overcame a deficit to escape with a 113-109 win and a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.While Roberson...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook confronts reporter for question about Thunder bench

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was not happy with a question about his team’s bench play after a tough 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 4.Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman asked center Steven Adams about the team’s struggles when Westbrook goes to the bench, asking if he felt opponents got an energy boost from seeing the point guard out of the game...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

40 Nights of Hate: Russell Westbrook and everybody who loves him

(Editor's Note: Today's article continues our 2017 NBA Playoffs basketball coverage called 40 Nights of Hate, as the next two months of our lives will be devoted to the greatest postseason basketball tournament known to mankind. Some of our arguments will be rational, many others will be irrational. To hate is to love, as the basketball gods toy with our lives like James Harden does...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook again insists the basketball is his only friend

Russell Westbrook has doubled-down on his previous claim that comes playoff time, the basketball is his only friend.“I think y’all misunderstood what I was saying,” Westbrook told reporters Tuesday at Thunder practice, via Ball Don’t Lie. “Y’all didn’t understand the importance of what I was saying. Y’all think it’s a joke or some (expletive). This is a serious...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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