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Russell Westbrook has league-leading 15th technical foul rescinded


Just 57 seconds into Sunday night’s contest between the Thunder and the Suns, Russell Westbrook picked up a technical foul, his league-leading 15th of the season.

There didn’t appear to be much to it — see for yourself.

Westbrook went over to check on teammate Kyle Singler, who had just been decked on a drive to the basket, and must have said something to the official; my wild guess is a profanity-laced plea for a flagrant foul to be called.

The referee was offended enough by whatever was said to whistle Westbrook for the technical, but the league has rescinded it, reports Royce Young of ESPN.com.

This is important, because had this one stood, it would have meant a one-game suspension for Westbrook once his next technical foul was received.

He remains at the top of the leaderboard in this category, tied with Markieff Morris of the Suns at 14, though the count resets once the postseason begins.

The technical fouls have cost Westbrook a total of $41,000 in fines to this point of the season.

Kevin Durant says he’d ‘love to’ stay with Thunder his entire career, wants his jersey retired in OKC

Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins Read To Achieve

Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery on Tuesday, and the timetable for him to return to basketball activities has been set at 4-6 months.

The foot fracture he suffered during the preseason never quite healed properly, and the injury limited him to appearing in just 27 games this season, which essentially removed the Thunder from the list of title contenders despite Russell Westbrook’s MVP-like emergence.

Even if Durant takes the full six months to recover — and he should, to make absolutely sure the issue is behind him for good — that would still have him ready for the start of training camp in advance of next season. The 2015-16 campaign is a monumental one for the Thunder franchise, because how it ends could help determine whether or not Durant decides to re-sign as an unrestricted free agent when it’s finished.

At the moment, however, Durant seems to be pleased with life in OKC.

From Royce Young of ESPN.com:

“I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don’t really think about anywhere else,” Durant told Revolt TV in a recent interview. “I hear it all the time, don’t get me wrong, and once you hear it you’re kind of like [looks up, thinking]. But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I’m one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career.

“Kobe [Bryant], Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki type. That’s awesome,” he said. “But you never know what the future holds sometimes and how teams may feel about you after a while, but I love it here and I would love to get my jersey retired here.”

The qualifier there is important, because a year from now, if a healthy Thunder team can’t contend for a title as planned, then Durant would have every reason to question whether or not he wants to try his luck in a new situation — like Washington, perhaps.

But there are simply too many variables in play to read anything into this latest round of remarks.

Anthony Davis says James Harden should be MVP

New Orleans Pelicans v Houston Rockets

You can make a good case for Anthony Davis to be the MVP — he’s scoring 24.7 points a game on 54 percent shooting, he’s pulling down 10.4 rebounds a game and blocking 2.9 shots a night. His PER of 31.1 this season would be not only the best in the NBA this season but in the top 10 all time (with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan).

But he’s not going to win it, not on a Pelicans team that will miss the playoffs. He should be on voter’s five-deep ballots, but he’s not going to win it.

Who should? If you ask Davis, he says James Harden.

Davis was on the Dan Patrick Show Monday mostly talking Kentucky, but Patrick asked him about the MVP race. Davis tried not to pick anyone, but then eventually leaned Harden.

“It’s tough. A lot of guys are playing out of their mind. James Harden, Russ (Westbrook), Steph (Curry), LeBron (James)…

“(Harden is) out of his mind. He’s definitely playing out of his mind. We talk about this on my team every day. It’s like every day. I think with him not having Dwight [Howard] for as much as he did, and he still competed and is still winning games for them, it’s unreal.”

So Davis agrees with Dwyane Wade. Andrew Bogut would beg to differ.

Harden and Stephen Curry seem to be the frontrunners right now. Russell Westbrook and LeBron James seem just half a step back as momentum builds for the vote. Davis is on the outside looking in, Chris Paul has people making his case — and he’s been making it on the court lately — but he seems to be coming from too far behind in most voters’ eyes.

None of that is fair; any one of those guys could claim legitimate claim to the crown. But the smart money is on Curry.

Or Harden.

Depends on what day you ask me.