Well, at least Russell Westbrook thought there was an issue.
Westbrook, just as the second half was about to get underway, called the officials over to complain about one of the rims. He didn’t think it was level.
So officials brought out a ladder and quickly checked the hoop out.
It was perfect.
Russ really made them bring a ladder out to confirm the hoop was 10 feet 🧐 pic.twitter.com/BPimjQwNIn— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 20, 2019
“The rim is level,” referee Kane Fitzgerald told TNT. “The backboard may be off a hair, but the rim is level at 10 feet.”
Now, Westbrook’s complaint isn’t that unusual. It’s totally plausible that a rim could be bumped during halftime — especially if there’s a halftime show that uses the hoops.
What the 12-year NBA veteran saw, or thought he saw, with the rim on Thursday night, though, is anybody’s guess.
The Rockets rallied back from a 17-point hole to pick up a 122-117 win against the Clippers on Thursday night behind a season-high 40-point night from Westbrook — 25 of which came in the second half.
While the rim was completely fine, perhaps that extra break was exactly what Houston needed to pick up its fourth win in five games.
“It was lopsided, at least I thought,” Westbrook said after the game, via USA Today’s Mark Medina. “But it don’t matter.”
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