Technical fouls are nothing new to Russell Westbrook. He’s been whistled for double-digit techs in five of the last six seasons. Russ has never reached the magic number of 16 technical fouls that would result in a one game suspension (technically, he got 17 techs in 2014-15, but two were rescinded and he never served a suspension), but he’s finished with 15 in three of the last five seasons. Westbrook already has nine technical fouls this season, second in the NBA behind Draymond Green.
No one is asking Russ to be perfect. Getting one technical last night was understandable. He was clearly raked across the face by De’Aaron Fox, and was still called for traveling. Most players would be upset in that scenario, but you’ve got to know when to stop to avoid that second technical. The game wasn’t over, and OKC needs Russ on the floor to close games. It didn’t cost the Thunder last night, but a one-game suspension would certainly cost the Thunder down the road.
A wise man once said, “I watched film. I watched all my techs and all the dumb s— I was doing, so I decided to tell myself, there’s no need to argue. They’re not changing it, so move on.”
That was none other than 2015 Russell Westbrook. He had the third-fewest technical fouls of his career that season (7), and the fewest since his sophomore season. For those keeping count, he already has two more technical fouls this season than he did in 80 games in 2015-16. It’s time for 2018 Russell Westbrook to realize that they’re not changing it, so move on.