Russell Westbrook has no idea why he was ejected in the 3rd quarter of the Grizzlies game on Thursday.
“Honestly, it’s crazy, man, especially to be ejected when I didn’t do nothing,” Westbrook said after the 34-point loss. “It was just crazy, especially for me because I don’t feel I get the benefit of the doubt most of the time, especially throughout the game, with the refs.”
Not that Westbrook cares about stats but he should be happy he was allowed to hit the showers early. At the time of his ejection, his team was down by 16, he had missed 13 of his 19 shot attempts, had 6 turnovers and 0 assists! Not only did he somehow have a donut in the assists column, according to ESPN, none of his 31 passes even led to shots.
For those who love “pointless ESPN stats,” here’s another good one for you: Westbrook is the only player in the past 25 years to get ejected while finishing with 0 assists and more than 5 turnovers.
For fantasy owners and players with Westbrook in their line-ups, despite an early exit, he still put up 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. This wont make daily fantasy players happy but if you own him a season league than you have nothing to complain about.
Back to the reason he was ejected, here’s the refs’explanation:
“There’s a shot that’s taken just prior to a foul being called on Oklahoma City in which Russell is very adamant that the ball does not hit the rim and the shot clock should not have reset. Officials in the game had no doubt that the ball hit the rim and therefore we allowed play to continue. As we line up for the free throws, Russell continues to complain that the ball did not hit the rim. He was adamant about that. At that point it’s not a reviewable matter so it’s not something we can look at replay on, but we explained to him – Brian Forte explained to him: ‘We’re good, we’ve got to let it go, we can’t go review it anyway, but I hear what you’re saying. We’ve got to move on.’ He continues to complain about it, so then he is issued the first technical foul.
“After being issued the first technical foul, he continues to complain about the ball not hitting the rim and then even proceeds to use some profanity during the conversation also. So at that point he’s issued the second technical foul which results in an automatic ejection.”