Russell Westbrook didn’t have much to say following his team’s 115-111 loss to the Rockets in game two Wednesday night, but one of the few words he used cost him some money. On Friday, the NBA announced Westbrook was fined $15,000 for using inappropriate language.
Westbrook finished with the highest scoring triple-double in NBA history, but made just 17-of-43 shots on the way to a 51-point night, which included a 4-of-18 fourth quarter performance, which elicited the following question from ESPN’s Marc Spears:
“When you look at your line on the box score, how would you grade the line?”
“I don’t give a f**k about the line, we lost,” Westbrook responded.
Westbrook’s press conference was shown live on ESPN and NBATV, and his fine is the third handed out by the NBA this week. Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 for criticizing the officials following his team’s game two loss to the San Antonio Spurs, while Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart received a $25,000 penalty for making in obscene gesture in a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.