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Technically, everyone gets a freebie in finale

John Rohde Modified: April 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm •  Published: April 16, 2013

 

Russell Westbrook picked up his 15th technical foul of the season Monday against Sacramento. (Pgoto by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman)
Russell Westbrook picked up his 15th technical foul of the season Monday against Sacramento. (Pgoto by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman)

Thunder point guard Russell 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 one-game suspension.

Westbrook picked up technical Nos. 14 and 15 against Sacramento on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Area, which led to his first career ejection. If Westbrook picks up No. 16 (or No. 17) at home against Milwaukee on Wednesday night, he’ll still be eligible for Game 1 of the postseason because the technical count starts anew in the postseason:

Regular Season
Technical fouls 1-5: $2,000 fine each
Technical fouls 6-10: $3,000 fine each
Technical fouls 11-15: $4,000 fine each (with a warning letter sent when the violator reaches his 12th technical foul)
Technical foul 16: $5,000 fine plus one-game suspension
- Each additional technical foul: $5,000 fine
- Each two additional technical fouls (18, 20, 22, etc.) $5,000 fine plus one-game suspension

Postseason
Technical fouls 1-2: $2,000 fine each
Technical fouls 3-4: $3,000 fine each
Technical fouls 5-6: $4,000 fine each (with a warning letter sent when the violator reaches his 5th technical foul)
Technical foul 7: $5,000 fine plus one-game suspension
-Each additional technical foul: $5,000 fine
-Each two additional technical fouls (9, 11, 13, etc.): $5,000 fine plus one game suspension

Ejections
First ejection: $2,000 fine
Each subsequent ejection: Player’s last ejection fine plus $2,000
*All players will revert to the $2,000 ejection level for the playoffs

Here are the latest technical 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), Kendrick Perkins (12), Serge Ibaka (7), Hasheem Thabeet (5), Nick Collison (2), Kevin Martin (2), DeAndre Liggins (2), Thabo Sefolosha (2), Scott Brooks (2), Reggie Jackson (1), Derek Fisher (1).

- John Rohde

 

 

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