Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. was not happy when he got hit with a hard screen from Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk on Thursday night.
In the second quarter of Game 3 of the teams’ NBA Eastern Conference semifinals series, Oubre Jr. responded with pure rage after being knocked to the ground, decking Olynyk with a forearm shove to the chest.
Oubre promptly was ejected from the contest, but that wasn’t the only punishment he’d be given. The NBA announced Saturday that the Wizards forward would be suspended for Sunday’s Game 4.
At Celtics practice Saturday afternoon in Washington D.C., Isaiah Thomas agreed with the league’s decision to suspend Oubre for the contest, per MassLive’s Jay King.
Olynyk wasn’t very familiar with Oubre prior to the incident, which appeared to take him by surprise.
And while some sports pundits like Shannon Sharpe have labeled Olynyk as a “dirty player,” the Celtics forward only is concerned with the opinions of his teammates.
The Wizards will try to even the series Sunday night in Game 4. Tip-off from the Verizon Center is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
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