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NBA upgrades Justin Anderson's elbow in Game 5 to a flagrant 2

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The NBA has upgraded Anderson's late game 5 foul against the Oklahoma City Thunder

Thursday, the NBA announced it was upgrading Justin Anderson's late game flagrant one foul on Russell Westbrook to a flagrant two. You can see the play above.

In game, Anderson was called for a flagrant one foul after a review by officials. A flagrant two is defined as "unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent" and the "opposing team is awarded two (2) free throws and possession". An in-game flagrant 2 results in an automatic ejection. No fine or suspension was mentioned by the NBA in their announcement of the upgraded foul call.

As you can see from the play, Anderson's contact probably qualifies. The game was decided and Anderson was reckless and could have hurt Westbrook. Compared to Games 1 through 4, Game 5 was relatively light on extra curricular activity until Anderson got a little too aggressive in a scrum for a loose ball

The foul becomes a frustrating asterisk on a fantastic performance for Anderson, who scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, grabbed four rebounds, had three steals, and notched another great block. Chalk the play up to overaggressiveness, and we're sure Anderson has learned his lesson.