The NBA announced Monday morning that Russell Westbrook‘s technical foul in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday has been rescinded, meaning the star point guard will be allowed to play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. If Westbrook’s technical would have stood, it would have been his 16th of the season, meaning an automatic one-game suspension.
Westbrook was T’d up by Ed Malloy for disputing a foul call against him. We can’t really tell what was said in this video, but it sure looks like rescinding the technical was the right call, because Westbrook didn’t appear to do anything demonstrative that warranted being T’d up:
This is actually the second consecutive technical foul that Westbrook has seen wiped from the record books:
Make it two successive Russell Westbrook techs that have been rescinded. He also got one March 29 against Phoenix that was later wiped out
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 13, 2015
The Thunder’s game against the Blazers on Monday is a crucial one for their postseason hopes. Oklahoma City is tied with the New Orleans Pelicans in the standings, but the Pelicans own the tiebreaker and each team has two games remaining. New Orleans plays the 16-64 Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, so a Thunder loss and Pelicans win would mean Oklahoma City is done.