Foul or Not: Russell Westbrook Swats Greg Monroe’s Dunk Attempt

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Russell Westbrook

In today’s game of “You Be The Ref,” do you think this block on Greg Monroe’s dunk attempt is a foul or block by Russell Westbrook?

If you think it’s a foul because of the hand contact, here’s what the NBA rulebook has to say about the hand being part of the ball.

The hand is considered “ part of the ball” when it is in contact with the ball and contact with a players hand when it is in contact with the ball is not a foul.

But what’s the ratio of hand vs ball? If your block is 95% hand and 5% ball, should it still be a clean block? And how hard can you hit the hand?

Westbrook also had a little bit of body contact and a hand on his Monroe’s shoulder. That alone wouldn’t warrant a foul but if you combine it with the hand/ball ratio then it might.

So do you still think it’s a block or foul?


You can question the block but there’s no questioning Westbrook’s other stats: 15 points, 10 boards and 11 assists in a 104-96 win over the Bucks.