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Moe Harkless fined $15,000 for throwing headband into stands in Game 3 vs. Thunder

Moe Harkless

Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook are engaged in one of the most heated ongoing back-and-forths between opposing superstars in recent postseason memory. In the waning moments of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s crucial Game 3 victory on Friday night, though, it wasn’t either player who was sent packing early despite verbal sparring that seemed to border on incitement. Instead, Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless was ejected late in the fourth quarter as the teams exchanged heated words in a contest that had already been decided.

After the game, Harkless, who seemed confused as he was being escorted off the floor by Portland’s security personnel, expressed confusion about why the officials felt the need to eject him. On Saturday, we learned that he was tossed for throwing his headband into the Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd, an act that will cost him $15,000.

Moe Harkless struggled in Game 3, scoring seven points, grabbing three rebounds, and committing four turnovers on 3-of-9 shooting in 34 minutes of play. Though Paul George missed 13 of his 16 field goal attempts, the Thunder superstar connected on 14-of-17 from the free throw line as Harkless proved helpless to keep him out of the paint without fouling, too.

The Blazers, by the way, should feel good going into Game 4. They were within striking distance in the fourth quarter on Friday night despite Oklahoma City, after losing the first two games of this series, back being against the wall and the team shooting 15-of-29 from beyond the arc. If Terry Stotts’ team can limit turnovers, don’t be surprised if it heads back to Portland with a 3-1 lead, looking to close out the series at home next week.