Saturday, May 6, 2017

Kelly Oubre suspended for Game 4 after spat with Kelly Olynyk

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre has been suspended for Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics. The NBA announced on Saturday, two days after his Game 3 ejection for shoving Kelly Olynyk in their blowout win at the Verizon Center.

After being knocked down due to a hard screen set by Olynyk early in the second quarter, Oubre charged the Celtics big man and pushed him to the ground by burying his forearm into Olynyk's chest while referee Monty McCutchen tried to get in between the two players.

Oubre was assessed a flagrant 2 and immediately ejected after the refs reviewed the replay several times.

The forward said on Friday he retaliated the way he did against Olynyk because he had been repeatedly hit by the Celtics center
"I've been hit in the head multiple times by the same person," Oubre told reporters. "I've confronted [Olynyk] about it. The last time it happened, I fell, I felt pain in my head and my jaw, and I got up and I ran to him and I bumped him."
When Scott Brooks was asked about Oubre's reaction and expressed frustration with the Celtics physical play throughout the first three games
"I think we've got to control our emotions. 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," Brooks said. "You keep getting hit in the head, you might respond that way and I think that's what he did."
 The Wizards won Game 3 as they routed the Celtics 116-89, but still trail in the series 2-1. Game 4 of this Eastern Conferance Semi-Finals matchup is on Sunday. Tip-off is at 6:30 on TNT

The Celtics and Wizards racked up a combined 16 technical fouls during their four regular season meetings. In Game 3 alone both teams committed eight techs (four each) and featured three ejections (Oubre, Brandon Jennings and Terry Rozier).

Joel Pavón

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