Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook faces an automatic one-game suspension after he was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season during Sunday's 116-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Westbrook was called for a defensive foul with six minutes remaining in the game and argued the call with the referee Ed Malloy.
Injured Thunder star Kevin Durant disagreed with the call on Twitter.
Westbrook can appeal the call and have the technical rescinded, thus avoiding a suspension. The NBA rescinded a Westbrook technical foul from earlier this season. If the call stands, Westbrook will miss Monday night's home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
[daily_cut.NBA]Thunder coach Scotty Brooks told reporters after the game that he expects the technical to be rescinded.
Westbrook had a career-high 54 points, nine rebounds and eight assists on Sunday. He addressed the call in the postgame locker room.
"I got no view on it. He called it, and you have got to move on from it," Westbrook said.
The Thunder are tied with the New Orleans Pelicans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The teams have two games remaining.
- Dan Gartland