Westbrook has 15 technical fouls this season, and a one-game suspension comes when a player gets his 16th — unless it's the regular-season finale.
Essentially, everyone is free to get T'd up in the final game of the regular season. Their only penalty will be paying the designated fine, not a potential one-game suspension.
If Westbrook picks up No. 16 (or No. 17) on Wednesday night, he'll still be eligible to play in Game 1 of the postseason because the technical count starts anew in the postseason, when a one-game suspension comes with a player's seventh technical foul and every other technical thereafter.
Westbrook was well-aware of the rules, too. Reminded he had 15 technicals, Westbrook smiled and playfully said: “I'm good. They start over in the playoffs, so I'm all good. I don't have nothin' to worry about.”
Here are the latest technical foul standings for the Thunder, which is second in the NBA with 95 total (which includes illegal defense, delay of game, et al), two behind the Los Angeles Clippers:
Westbrook (15), Kevin Durant (12), Perkins (12), Serge Ibaka (7), Hasheem Thabeet (5), Nick Collison (2), Martin (2), DeAndre Liggins (2), Thabo Sefolosha (2), Brooks (2), Jackson (1) and Fisher (1).
Brooks when informed Westbrook said he didn't expect to be asked to sit out entirely against Milwaukee, which would snap his streak of 393 consecutive games played: “Hey, I'm not scared of him.”
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THUNDER SEASON FINALE
Season; Score; Opponent; Result
2011-12; 106-101; Denver; Loss
2010-11; 110-106 (OT); Milwaukee; Loss
2009-10; 114-105; Memphis; Win
2008-09; 126-85; at LA Clippers; Win