The Wizards and Celtics will break their 2-2 tie on Wednesday in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The series has been physical and chippy from the start, and that only escalated further in Washington when Kelly Oubre and Kelly Olynyk got into it in Game 3, leading to an Oubre ejection and suspension.
That incident, which started after Oubre was leveled by an Olynyk screen that he took exception to, reopened the conversation about whether Olynyk is a dirty player. Olynyk has had his incidents in the past, with the most notable being when he dislocated Kevin Love’s shoulder in the 2015 playoffs by grabbing and pulling his arm. On Monday, Draymond Green called out Olynyk for being a dirty player and said he had no respect for him on his podcast.
This was notable for two main reasons. One, it’s not often that a player not even involved in a series will insert himself into the discussion about an incident, and two, Draymond is a habitual line-stepper himself, who has plenty of potentially “dirty” plays on his resume. Isaiah Thomas made note of that latter point when he was asked about Green’s comments on Tuesday.