While the officiating was awful from start to finish with Russ, Paul George, and Steven Adams fouling out, the Thunder need to do a better job defending without fouling. We haven't gotten a fair whistle all year. It is what it is.
Look for the Thunder to try to get up on the Clippers early and then lean on their bench, who didn't play major minutes last night. It's getting out of hand, where we somehow just walk teams to the line.
Westbrook's final basket, a 3-pointer, got the Thunder to 108-107.
"It's just bad officiating. It's a piece of s- being on that floor", George continued.
"It's just bad officiating", George said after the game.
The Clippers took 46 free-throw attempts in the game, with slashing guard Lou Williams going to the foul line 24 times alone.
"Our guys are playing hard and competing but there is no reason for Lou Williams to get to the free throw line 20 times".
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Westbrook led the scoring for Oklahoma with 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists before fouling out with 54 seconds left in the game.
Even OKC coach Billy Donovan seemed to agree with Paul's statement.
"To play without fouling is tough sometimes".
The Thunder's stars play an aggressive style - Russell Westbrook averaged 17.6 drives to the basket per game, third most in the National Basketball Association - and they attack in transition, with 19.1 percent of their possessions starting that way (third most in the league). That is how the game is nowadays. "I don't know if it's Adam Silver that's got to [look into] this. They just played off each other really well". We expect the officiating to be professional as well.
George's officiating criticisms are likely to generate a fine from the league, though he says he's already prepared to eat the cost if it leads to change.