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Monday, August 19, 2019

Russell Westbrook gets flagrant foul for incident with Jusuf Nurkic

Russell Westbrook was called for a flagrant-1 foul and Jusuf Nurkic got a technical for an incident between the two in the second quarter of Thursday’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Portland Trail Blazers game.

Westbrook and Nurkic got mixed up on a play under the basket. As they headed up the court, Nurkic tripped Westbrook. After crossing halfcourt, Westbrook retaliated by shoving Nurkic to the floor.

Westbrook got the harsher penalty with the flagrant. His actions were intentional, whereas there’s a debate about whether Nurkic’s trip was accidental.

The incident should not come as a surprise. Westbrook and Nurkic have history and even traded jabs at each other back in January.

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