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Thunder’s Russell Westbrook fined for language during postgame presser

Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, right, leaves the court after losing to the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. The Rockets won 118-87. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

A lot has been made about Russell Westbrook’s stats all season long, but the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard made one thing very clear after Wednesday’s loss – he doesn’t care about his “line.”

While he did make that notion abundantly clear, it is going to cost Westbrook. The NBA has fined the veteran point guard $15,000 for using inappropriate language during his postgame press conference following Game 2 against the Houston Rockets. When asked about how he would grade his stat line, the NBA MVP candidate responded, “I don’t give a f— about the line. We lost.”

Below is the video of the question (NSFW – language):

He finished with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. However, he wasn’t very efficient. It took Westbrook 43 shots to tally those 51 points, so he only made 39.5 percent of his attempts. Nobody else on the Thunder took more than 14 shots in the game. Perhaps the worst part of his outing was his three-point shooting. Westbrook went just 2-of-11 from downtown as Oklahoma City lost, 115-111. Houston leads the series 2-0 as well.

Westbrook is averaging 36.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists in the first two playoff games, but he is shooting just 34.8 percent overall, which includes a 22.7 percent clip from behind the arc. While Westbrook has struggled to shoot, fellow MVP candidate and Rockets’ point guard James Harden has excelled, shooting 42.2 percent. He is averaging 36 points per game in the series.

The series will shift to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Friday night.

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