Late in the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s utter mauling of the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, Russell Westbrook benefitted from what we truly, truly hope will remain the worst call of the NBA season.
During a drive to the rim, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard got dropped. By himself.
But referee Lauren Holtkamp, who’d taken part in some of the most befuddling refereeing blunders of 2016-17, mistook Westbrook’s tripping over his own two feet for a foul on Kevin Durant, who was a good five feet away from his former teammate when the Thunder star started his journey to the deck.
— ProBasketballLive (@ProBBallLive) February 7, 2018
The teammates-turned-rivals were both quick to point that out when asked about Westbrook’s slipping his way into a foul after the 125-105 Thunder victory.
Russell Westbrook on the play he tripped and got a foul call: “I slipped. That isn’t the reason the game was over. It had nothing to do with anything. I just tripped, it was a missed call, it happens.” pic.twitter.com/adYVxRZOq9
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 7, 2018
Kevin Durant on his foul on Russell Westbrook in the 3rd quarter:
“It had nothing to do with the outcome. She just probably missed it. Just like we missed a bunch of defensive assignments, and a bunch of layups, and free throws.” pic.twitter.com/Lk79B6g3lL
— KNBR (@KNBR) February 7, 2018