KEVIN MARTIN WARNED ABOUT FLOPPING
Kevin Martin on Friday received a warning for flopping, the NBA announced.
Martin became the third NBA player to be cited by the league for flopping and the first Thunder player to be found in violation of the new rules.
The violation occurred with 10:16 remaining in the Thunder's Nov. 12 win at Detroit. Video evidence shows Martin falling to the court despite little to no contact as he launched a 3-point attempt with Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko closing out at him.
Under new rules, a player will be fined $5,000 on his second violation, $10,000 on his third, $15,000 on his fourth and $30,000 on his fifth flopping violation.
For a sixth, and any subsequent, violation of the rule, a player will be subject to discipline to be determined by the league, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
TEMPERS FLARE IN NEW ORLEANS
Just before halftime, Russell Westbrook and Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez were hit with double technical fouls as they began to bark at one another before heading to their respective locker rooms.
As referees and other players attempted to get both players to walk off the court, tempers flared and others joined the fray, including Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant jawing with Hornets coach Monty Williams. Hornets forward Darius Miller also ran into the area and had to be restrained.
Westbrook claimed he didn't see anything that resulted in the technical fouls and said both him and Vasquez were confused.
“I don't know what happened,” Westbrook said. “They just gave us both Ts. It is what it is.”
The incident occurred after 24 minutes of Westbrook and Vasquez battling with intense physicality, with several hard fouls and grappling going on throughout the half.
“We don't play that way,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We play fair. We play hard. And they do the same thing.”
FIRST LOOK AT TOP PICK
The Thunder got its first look at Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky, on Friday night. Davis finished with eight points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes.
And by all accounts, the Hornets really did hit the lottery.
“He's one of those rookies that don't play like a rookie,” Brooks said. “He played at a major college and played big games and won a championship at the highest level in college. But I think what he does very well is he has good poise. He just knows where to be. He knows where to make the right play. He makes the right pass. And he's a better shooter than I thought he would be at this stage of his career. They're very lucky to have him. He's definitely a franchise type player.”
THE BOUNCE BACK BLUEPRINT
With Friday's win, the Thunder improved to 38-9 since the 2010-11 season in games immediately after a loss.
The reason for OKC's success is simple.
“We don't like to lose,” Brooks said.
Before the Hornets game, the Thunder was 2-0 this season in games that immediately followed a loss. Last year, the Thunder was 15-3 in those situations. Only Chicago (15-1) had a better mark. In 2010-12, Oklahoma City was 20-6 immediately after loss.
Brooks on what Hornets coach Williams said to him at the end of the game — “He says he's going to meet me out in the locker room. He's going to kick my butt.”
As of Friday night, the Thunder still had not heard from the NBA about whether Perkins would be subject to any punishment for his role in Wednesday's incident with Memphis forward Zach Randolph. ... Westbrook will be among five players featured in a new NBA commercial set to debut Wednesday. The spot is a part of the league's “BIG” campaign, in which the Thunder has been featured in the past. Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Joe Johnson will join Westbrook in a holiday-themed spot … Former Hornets forward P.J. Brown attended Friday night's game.
By Darnell Mayberry