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Thunder, Clippers fined $25,000 for injury report violations

Thunder rookie Josh Giddey

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 15: Josh Giddey #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder poses for a photo during the 2021 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on August 15, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

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Both the Thunder and Clippers have been fined $25,000 for injury report violations, according to a statement made by the league on Twitter on Thursday.

The Clippers initially ruled out both Brandon Boston Jr. and Moussa Diabate ahead of their matchup with the Pelicans on October 30th, but both players ended up playing five minutes.

Oklahoma City “failed to disclose the availability of Josh Giddey in an accurate and timely manner” when the Thunder took on the Magic on November 1st.

Last season, Phoenix was fined $25,000 after not making it clear that Devin Booker would be available before Game 6 against the Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs.

The 76ers were fined $50,000 ahead of Game 3 against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals after listing Joel Embiid as “out” the morning of the playoff game that Philadelphia ended up winning.

We’ll see if the league cracking down early will be a strong enough message to encourage NBA teams to follow the guidelines more strictly.