Kelly Oubre: Hits by Kelly Olynyk ended with retaliation

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Oubre was upset about the illegal screen set by Canadian 7-foter Olynyk, prompting the angry act in a game that produced three ejections and eight technical fouls.

Gerald Green and Bogdanovic are very different players - Green relies on athleticism, while Bogdanovic relies on skill - but both are known as players who can fill the score sheet when they check into the game. Oubre then charged Olynyk and knocked the center down.

Washington head coach Scott Brooks was unwilling to share his plans for replacing Oubre Jr.in the lineup following his team's practice Saturday afternoon. After taking a 2-0 lead, the Celtics were blown out two games in a row. After years of feeling overlooked and underappreciated, Wall has a chance - and one fully within his control - to change that for good. But not having him, it's not ideal, but it is what it is. "We've just got to play our game". "It was a non-basketball play, it was a very risky play, and you can't retaliate in that type of manner". Or he could plug another player into the rotation like Jason Smith.

"Kelly Olynyk is a dirty player, man", Green said on the podcast. "Those are all on the table right now".

The Oubre-Olynyk incident is just the latest in a series of run-ins these two teams have experienced dating back to the regular season. Isaiah Thomas seemed to recognize that when he spoke to reporters Tuesday. (22) gets fouled by Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, back, during the first half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington.

We debated that as part of our video series Prepare for List Off. Cleveland.com sports columnist Doug Lesmerises thinks it's Boston while I think it's Washington.

As the Wizards face the most important game in franchise history in almost 40 years, the Wizards need to treat this as such. "As long as we win, we don't care how it goes".

That defense doesn't work if the Wizards don't stay true to their scout of the Celtics: to slow Isaiah Thomas. He's averaging 43 points per game in wins, including his 53-point performance in Game 2, which might be the most remarkable feat of this year's postseason. Team doctors are prepared to replace them again, if necessary.

"He's a small guy, so at the end of the day, if you got three players around you, how can you make a pass?" asked Wizards forward, Markieff Morris. "We're still down one, still down in the series".

"When we were playing 3-on-3, 5-on-5 sometimes, maybe he'd get screened a little too hard and just kind of reacted a way to get a little payback", Mason said. Fundamentally, the Wizards' game is defending well and turning defensive rebounds into quick transition points.

In his "Coach's Corner" bit after the first quarter of last night's Game 4 between the Celtics and the Wizards, Boston coach Brad Stevens explained to TNT's David Aldridge how his team had shrugged off an early Washington run to end the period leading 24-20. It might have been the best stretch that any team has played. Boston won those games by 17 and 9 points - so much for home court! Losing Game 5 would mean giving away home-court advantage and most likely giving away the series.

"Were able to force a lot of turnovers", Beal said.

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