Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder and Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker were fined $ 25,000 each after their altercation in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series on Saturday.NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the punishment on Sunday.
As Schroder scanned a Tucker screen, he swung his arm between Tucker’s legs, catching him under the belt. Tucker, who was whistled for an illegal screen, approached behind Schroder, yelling at him and ultimately banging his head on the back of the head. After an examination, the foul on Tucker was upheld, but officials sent off both players, with Schroder receiving a flagrant foul 2 and Tucker a technical deadball foul with an ejection.
On Sunday, the league said in a statement that Schroder had been fined “for making contact with Tucker’s groin area”. He said Tucker was fined “for approaching and making contact with Schroder in escalating the altercation” but his contact with the veteran guard “did not meet the standard for a shot. head ”.
The Rockets lead the series 3-2 with a chance to close the Thunder on Monday.