Russell Westbrook commits costly, boneheaded late-game foul in Game 4 (Video)

Russell Westbrook had himself a terrific, unstoppable Game 4, scoring a game-high 43 points on 20-of-32 shooting in over 45 minutes of play. But as brilliant as he was in the first 47 minutes and 46 seconds of the game, his crucial foul on Mario Chalmers with 13.8 seconds left all but ended any chance for the Thunder to pull off a last-minute comeback.

The Thunder were down three with a jump ball about to commence on the Heat’s offensive end of the floor. 17.3 seconds were left in the contest and Miami had just five seconds to shoot. The ball bounced around before Chalmers finally secured it. Almost instantly, Westbrook swooped in and inexplicably fouled Chalmers, leading Jeff Van Gundy to squeal on the broadcast, “Why are they fouling!?” With the shot clock ticking down and the game still very much in reach, it was the question we all had.

“Just a miscommunication on my part,” Westbrook said after the game. “Nothing I can do about it now.”

Chalmers went on to nail both ensuing free throws, effectively sealing the game. The Heat held on for a 104-98 win and now have a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

Video via Eye on Basketball

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  • Anonymous

    Westbrook has a lot going for him but IQ – his court sense is near zero, rivaling only his arrogance.  He has almost no interest in winning, only in looking good.  As talented as he is you can always count on him doing something bone-headed stupid at a critical time.   

  • Anonymous

    It’s called bad coaching. That’s the responsibility of Brooks to emphasize the alternatives.

  • http://twitter.com/Cottonheadgirl CottonHeadGirl

    I like Westbrooke. I feel bad that his fans are calling him Wastebrook. He should come over to the Heat. Heat fans know that players make mistakes. Goooooo Heat!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe just maybe if Durant would gone for the ball that was tipped to him instead of watching Battier come from the other side of the key to tip it to Chalmers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBXGE5444SNYWK5GSA7YYJR47E Vincent

    Almost everyone playing in the NBA got a free ride in high school and got a free ride in what little college they attended.  By a frre ride I mean they did not have to learn anything they just got pushed along because they could play the game.  Expecting them to understand that there is 5 seconds on the clock and do not foul is just way too much to ask of them.  During the timeout the coach should have very slowly said at least 10 time “IF THEY GET THE BALL DO NOT FOUL”.  Then maybe, just maybe Westbrook might have gotten it.  But then again maybe not.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CUJFBUORXHUXT54A626J5USIMQ Keith

    90% coach brook’s fault.   10% russell’s fault.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CUJFBUORXHUXT54A626J5USIMQ Keith

    stupid comment!!  he puts more effort into winning  than any other thunder player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/actionathleticapparel Stacey Martin

    It was real easy for Westbrook, look at the shot clock, it is that big clock above the backboard with big red numbers, it read “5”.  Not Scott Brooks fault at all.  A good point guard should know the circumstances at all times, but oh yeah he is not a good point guard, a heck of a athlete that can play ball but not a good point guard.  Would love to see him and Carmelo Anthony on a team together, no one else would ever get to shoot the ball.