Washington Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr. was ejected in Game 3 against the Boston Celtics after an altercation with Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk. Is a suspension coming for Oubre?
The Washington Wizards earned their first win Thursday night in the fierce Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics as the bad blood continues to grow heading into Game 4 of the 2017 NBA playoffs especially after Kelly Oubre Jr. was ejected for pushing Kelly Olynck.
After collapsing late in both Game 1 and 2 in Boston, the Wizards returned home Thursday night and earned their first win of the series by completely dismantling the Celtics in Game 3. However, the multiple altercations in Game 3 may be the biggest story coming out of the Wizards blowout win.
The one altercation that stands out in Game 3 came with 9:12 left in the second quarter when Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk set an illegal screen on Kelly Oubre Jr. that sent him crashing to the floor. Next, Oubre exploded to his feet, surged ahead and shoved Olynyk to the floor.
Here’s in-game footage of the scuffle:
Olynk is a player that has a history of performing shenanigans like he did in Game 3. In fact, J. Michael from CSN Mid-Atlantic revealed Olynyk set a questionable screen just two minutes before the scuffle that issued Oubre with a Flagrant Foul, Penalty 2.
Olynk has a history of creating “hard” fouls, including a controversial play on Wizards point guard John Wall in Game 2 when Olynck suspiciously looses control and tumbles into the legs of an airborne Wall, causing him to land on his wrist.
The play brought back nightmares of the last time Wall played in the East semis as Wall grimaced in pain after crashing into the hardwood, landing on his wrist. As a result, it’s doubtful Oubre will receive a suspension.
ESPN First Take discusses if Oubre deserves a suspension:
Game 4 is set for Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT as the Wizards seek to even the series before heading back to the hostile TD Garden for Game 5.