According to Royce Young, Carmelo Anthony last week said, "You look at somebody wrong, you get a technical foul. You say one wrong thing, you get a technical foul." Last night, it was true. Russell Westbrook was ejected after receiving two technicals for yelling at the referee, after the ref blatantly missed a call on Westbrook. The ref instead called a traveling violation on Westbrook, which he didn't respond kindly to.
Russell Westbrook was called for traveling on this ... then he got ejected. pic.twitter.com/OPuazHM3rb— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 16, 2018
Westbrook finished the game with 19 points, 16 rebounds, and 9 assists while leading the Thunder to a 95-88 victory over the Sacramento Kings. However, Carmelo Anthony and head coach Billy Donovan weren't happy with the officials after the game. Anthony stated that he was "done with them" when speaking to reporters last night.
Billy Donovan was asked if he, and Westbrook, need to be more aware of the situation when picking up technicals. (The Kings got three free throws to cut the lead to eight with 2:50 left.) pic.twitter.com/8zkm3tRzxy— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 16, 2018
Carmelo Anthony, being asked about what he said last week about communication with referees, cut off the question: "I'm done with them. I'm done with the refs. No disrespect, but I'm done with those guys."— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 16, 2018
Westbrook also didn't speak with reporters after the game (duh) which is a good thing because it probably saved him some money from a fine he would've received. Young points out that this was the second straight home game that Westbrook left the locker room before speaking with reporters. The Thunder have been up and down all season long, and still haven't figured out their identity. They sit at fifth in the Western Conference at 24-20, but if they figure this thing out, lead by last season's MVP and DPOY candidate, Paul George—the sky is the limit for this Thunder team.