Nene & Westbrook ejected in 4th quarter of Wiz-Thunder game
The scuffle that resulted in the ejections of Nene and Russell Westbrook in the Wizards' overtime loss at the Oklahoma City Thunder isn't expected to generate any fines or suspensions from the NBA.
A person with knowledge of the situation at the league's offices told CSN Washington on Monday that the ejections should be sufficient. There weren't any blows such as punches, elbows or head-butts landed or attempted by either player as they were assessed their second double-technical fouls. The Wizards had not been notified of any additional penalty as of Monday afternoon.
Nene appeared to initiate it by shoving Westbrook at 3:19 of the fourth quarter, after the Thunder point guard was called for a charge on Al Harrington. As Nene helped up his teammate, he nudged Westbrook who retaliated with a shove, too. Two technical fouls for a player in a game results in an automatic ejection, per league rules.
The pair had a run-in at 7:50 of the third quarter also as Nene nullified a drive by Westbrook by blocking his shot and got in his face to trash talk during the dead ball. They bumped one another and were given their first double-technicals.
"When you have a technical already, we got to be smart," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said after the game.
The Wizards (2-4) were ahead 92-82 at the time of the shoving match, then were outscored 16-4 as Kevin Durant made a game-tying three-pointer and went on to lose 106-105.
They're practicing Monday at American Airlines Center in Dallas, where they play the Mavericks on Tuesday (CSN+, 8:30 p.m. ET).