Russell Westbrook got a technical for kicking Caldwell-Pope in family jewels
This wasn’t a Draymond-Green style flail. It doesn’t look intentional.
But on the elbow jumper you can see above, Russell Westbrook kicked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope right in the... family jewels. Westbrook got a technical for that. And he didn’t like it.
Westbrook pulled his leg up behind him for balance on the leaner, but that leg caught Caldwell-Pope just right. And if the NBA is going to crack down on body control plays by the shooter — as they should — then this needed to be called and Westbrook given a technical. Nothing more, this isn’t a finable offense, but the call is legit.
Westbrook put up a line of 33/15/8, but his heroics were not enough to save the Thunder from a fourth straight loss.