Russell Westbrook hits referee in head with ball after play stops, gets technical (VIDEO)


The good news for Russell Westbrook was that during the past week the NBA rescinded two of his technical fouls: Nov. 14 at Detroit and  Dec. 17 against Phoenix. That dropped his total for the season from 11 down to nine.

To celebrate, Westbrook picked up another Wednesday night.

You can see the video above: Westbrook dribbled the ball up the court and just as he gets over half court a timeout is called (a common move by teams). Westbrook tries to toss the ball to Sean Corbin on the baseline, but Corbin is not looking for it and the ball just bangs him in the head.

Westbrook got a technical for it. He didn’t deserve it, I know the ref got hit in the head but it’s clear there is no intent there, other than the intention to give the ball to the official like he is supposed to. The letter of the law may say technical, but sometimes you need to take the spirit of the rule into account.

Hopefully, the league will rescind this one, too.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.