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Russell Westbrook picks up 16th technical, faces one game suspension

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a 3 point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/June Frantz Hunt)


Russell Westbrook was having a frustrating night. He was 2-of-16 shooting for 7 points, and like all the Thunder starters he could not slow Golden State’s onslaught.

It came to a head with 3:29 left in the second quarter, Westbrook didn’t get the call after getting into the middle of the paint and trying to shoot over Klay Thompson. Westbrook ran up and took a frustration foul on Thompson then barked at referee Tyler Ford, who quickly gave him a technical.

That’s Westbrook’s 16th technical of the season, the magic number that triggers an automatic one-game suspension.

In theory, the league could rescind this technical, but that seems unlikely. Words to an official Ts rarely get rescinded.

The Thunder’s next game is Monday when they host the Miami Heat. The one-game suspension will cost Westbrook a cool $245,891.