As the Boston Celtics prepare for a crucial Game 5 against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, allegations of dirty play continue to swirl around C’s big man Kelly Olynyk.
The latest barb came courtesy of Golden State Warriors power forward — and noted crotch-kicker — Draymond Green, who said Monday he lost all respect for Olynyk after the long-haired Canadian’s dust-up with Wizards wing Kelly Oubre Jr. last Thursday.
Olynyk was called for a personal foul after dropping Oubre with a moving screen. Oubre, enraged, charged Olynyk and shoved him to the floor, earning a one-game suspension.
“Just dirty,” Green said on his “Uninterrupted” podcast. “I don’t respect that, man. He’s dirty.”
One day after the Oubre-less Wizards dominated the Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Boston coach Brad Stevens was asked for his take on Green’s claim. His answer was brief.
“I talked about this (Sunday),” Stevens said Monday in a conference call with reporters. “I’m around Kelly every day. I don’t agree with that assessment. What I said yesterday is the way that I feel.”
Here’s what Stevens had to say about the situation Sunday, via the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett:
“I’m not sure where that narrative starts. I guess he set a screen, it was called a common foul, it was reviewed by the league and the league determined it was a common foul. Another guy rushed him and chucked him on the ground. I understand all the stories of the past, and I understand they’ve got to talk about something with three days in between games. But we know Kelly; I’m around Kelly every day.”
The Celtics and Wizards are tied at two games apiece in their best-of-seven playoff series. Game 5 is set for Wednesday night at TD Garden.
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