Why was Russell Westbrook fouled? It’s a bit technical.
Sunday night’s game between the Lakers and the Pistons resulted in LeBron James being dropped, Isaiah Stewart bleeding and being sent off and a technical foul on Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook, though, did not know he had been judged a technical foul until he was informed of it by reporters after the game.
Russell Westbrook’s reaction to hearing he has a tech in court chaos tonight. He was not aware and was not introduced that he was T’d up: pic.twitter.com/FryMEO2xqZ
– Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) November 22, 2021
I have a technology? Great. Why do I get a technology? I didn’t know I had a technology. Well, that’s interesting. Oh, you know, I guess it’s Russell. When you’re Russell Westbrook, it’s like you’re just trying to do anything. I don’t know what I did but whatever. Gotta put it on someone. I’m an easy person, why not me?
While Westbrook didn’t seem to have done much in the incident, he clearly angered Stewart after the punch. No longer seeing LeBron, the Pistons striker turned his gaze to Westbrook when the two sides had to split several times.
Referee Scott Foster explained Westbrook’s technical foul after the game, calling him “an escalator, not a peacemaker”, which led to the technical foul.
This is not the first time “Brodie” has been judged as a technology. In fact, he’s on the NBA’s all-time top 10 technical fouls list, and has had five fouls during the 2021-22 season. Westbrook is also the NBA’s current active leader in technology.
“I’ve always been the bad guy,” Westbrook said in 2020.
https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/russell-westbrook-technical-foul-explain/ftg2jmrwm28c15dnfgmzm5f9w | Russell Westbrook surprises with a technical foul for his role in the Lakers-Pistons catch; References explaining the decision