NBA Fines Clippers and Thunder $25K For Violating League Policies

NBA Fines Clippers and Thunder $25K For Violating League Policies

The Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $25K for violating the League’s injury reporting policy. They listed Moussa Diabate and Brandon Boston Jr. as unavailable before their loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday because both players had an NBA G League assignment. The Clippers then violated the policy by playing the two for 10 minutes in the contest. 

The Clippers weren’t the only team to get in trouble for doing so recently. The Oklahoma City Thunder ruled out Josh Giddey for their matchup with the Orlando Magic on Tuesday but later listed him as active only moments before the start of the game. Giddey played for 25 minutes to pick up a crucial 116-108 win, recording seven points and 10 assists.

On the season, Giddey is averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game for the Thunder.

The NBA is strict about its policies, especially regarding reporting players’ availability before tip-off. The Thunder failed to do so promptly, while the Pelicans ultimately didn’t list Diabate and Boston Jr. as active in the first place. Disciplinary action had to be taken, and the rest of the League was put on notice just in case they tried to do the same thing further down the line during the campaign.

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