The Washington Wizards won Game 3 of their series against the Boston Celtics handily, but the game showed there’s no love lost between the two teams.
The Washington Wizards won Game 3 of their series against the Boston Celtics pretty handily, and really that should be the headline. But it isn’t.
Rather, Game 3 of this series showed just how heated the feud between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics really is.
To put it how Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas put it, “We don’t like them, and they don’t like us.”
Things during Game 3 boiled over to a point that we haven’t really seen before in this season-long Celtics/Wizards feud.
But Oubre didn’t take too kindly to Olynyk’s illegal screen, and charged him, knocking him down with a body check that looked like it belonged on the ice at the Verizon Center rather than the court.
Naturally, Oubre got ejected, and will more than likely be suspended (he hasn’t been yet as of this writing), but this was just representative of the Wizards frustrations boiling over.
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Wizards coach Scott Brooks supported Oubre after the game, saying, “We can’t respond that way. But when you get hit in the head a few times—I mean we’re very competitive guys out there. We have two teams, very competitive. If you keep getting hit in the head, you might respond that way.”
Then, later in the game, John Wall dedicated one of his free throw shots to a player on the Celtics in a, shall we say, not-so-kind way.
This may be the worst we’ve seen the Wizards/Celtics feud, but it’s far from the first time we’ve seen tensions boil over on the court this season between the two teams.
Then, later in January, Wall told the Wizards they should all dress in black for their next matchup against the Celtics because it was their funeral.
At that time, the rivalry wasn’t necessarily friendly, but the animosity wasn’t nearly as strong as it is now, and it’s not likely to calm down anytime soon.
At the very least, it’s going to make for a very interesting playoff series to watch, and not just because both teams are very talented, but because we might see a brawl break out at any moment.