Thunder coach Billy Donovan says suspension of Dennis Schroder and Raymond Felton is ‘disappointing’
Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan says the suspensions of guards Dennis Schroder and Raymond Felton is disappointing.
Donovan said he saw what Dennis Schroder and Raymond Felton were doing because he was right next to them and that both players were playing the peacemaker role instead of being violent in the fight which take place on Monday against the Chicago Bulls.
After Bulls point guard Kris Dunn shoved Thunder star Russell Westbrook, Jerami Grant and Robin Lopez got into and then all mayhem broke loose.
This was Billy Donovan in pregame on the suspensions of Dennis Schroder and Raymond Felton.
Probably a Top 5 Donovan frustration moment, I'd say. Wasn't crazy or yelling, but clearly not happy. Respects the ruling, but has issue with the timing of the decision by the league: pic.twitter.com/0dE91S010C
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 20, 2018
Dennis Schroder and Raymond Felton were suspended because they came off the bench when they weren’t in the game. It looks like Billy Donovan is upset because they were trying to control the situation and separate the players.
It’s hard for players to not come off the bench and protect their teammates during a scuffle. It’s why often times when fights start, the assistant coaches block the players on the bench from coming on to the floor. The timing of the suspension wasn’t good for the Thunder either. While OKC defeated the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, the same day the suspensions were handed out — it still the team depleted.
Russell Westbrook had to play 35 minutes against the Kings because both of is backups weren’t available. The best news is that the Thunder won, though.