Thunder’s Russell Westbrook fined $10,000; Cavaliers’ George Hill is questionable for Game 5
Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on Monday.
The league made the announcement Tuesday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came onto the court as a substitution following a stoppage with 7:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 113-96 Game 4 loss to the Jazz. He intervened in an incident between Gobert and Oklahoma City backup point guard Raymond Felton.
Westbrook committed four fouls in the first half and finished with five. He had 23 points and 14 rebounds, but had just three assists and made 7 of 18 shots.
The Thunder trail the Jazz 3-1 and host Utah on Wednesday in an elimination game.
Hill questionable for Game 5
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for Wednesday’s crucial Game 5 against Indiana because of back spasms.
Hill has been dealing with back problems since the series opener, when he was flattened by an illegal screen of Pacers forward Trevor Booker.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says Hill was limited to shooting drills during Tuesday’s practice and will start if he can play.
Jose Calderon started Game 4 at Indianapolis and scored five points in 19 minutes as the Cavaliers evened the series at 2-2. Cleveland is 24-9 when Calderon starts.
Hill is averaging 8.7 points and 1.7 assists in his first postseason with Cleveland, which acquired him at the trade deadline in February. He started 24 games during the season.
The New Orleans Pelicans say they’ve voided around 2,500 playoff tickets that were purchased improperly during a pre-sale event for the second round of the NBA playoffs. The club says the event was designed exclusively for season-tickets holders. But promotion codes provided for the presale were shared with people who were not eligible. The Pelicans say they’ve sought to notify those whose tickets have been voided. They have also notified authorized ticket resellers. …
The Brooklyn Nets have hired former NBA player and Argentine guard Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach. The Nets also announced Tuesday that former Spurs center Tiago Splitter was hired as a pro scout.
5:25 p.m.: This report has been updated with news of Russell Westbrook receiving a technical foul and getting fined $10,000.
This report was originally published at 2:20 p.m.
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