Isaiah Thomas defended his teammate Kelly Olynyk on Tuesday after Olynyk was called a dirty player by Warriors forward Draymond Green, and Green wasted very little time before responding to the Celtics All-Star guard.
Green, who was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals for kicking an opponent's genitalia one too many times, spoke about Olynyk's play against Kelly Oubre Jr. in Thursday's Game 3 in Washington on his Dray Day podcast.
"Kelly Olynyk is a dirty player, man," Green said. "He's dirty. Dirty player, man. I don't respect guys like that. I mean, I know he's not like the greatest basketball player in of all-time, so maybe you feel like you got to like do that, but you don't like -- just dirty. Like I don't respect that man, he dirty." [ESPN Boston]Thomas called dismissed Green's claim, calling it "a joke" for him to make on his teammate.
"I don't know how he can call anybody dirty," Thomas said. "It is what it is. Everybody's got a comment or something to say. That's all it is.
"It's a joke [Green] said that. They playoffs, everything somebody says is blown out of proportion. Everything somebody does is blow out of proportion as well. We can't worry about what others are saying or doing."Green took to Twitter to make a subtle jab towards Thomas.
Just get through that series bro....— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) May 9, 2017
Olynyk told the media after Tuesday's practice that Green is entitled to his opinion but he doesn't agree with the label and knows neither do his teammates.
"I don't think I'm a dirty player, my teammates don't think I'm a dirty player," Olynyk said Tuesday. "It's basketball. It happens. You have to set a screen, you box out, you have to do a lot of things. It's not something you focus on. You just go out there and play the next game."Oubre Jr., who was suspended for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Celtics and Wizards, will return for Game 5 on Wednesday in Boston. Olynyk and the Celtics will look to grab a 3-2 lead while the Washington hopes to take that same lead back to their home court for Game 6.
To watch Olynyk's full interview, click here.