Then Wizards forward Kelly Oubre exploded on Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk a quarter late.
Early in the second, Olynyk was charged with an offensive foul when his arm caught Oubre's face while trying to set a screen. Oubre went down in a heap, and when Olynyk went to complain to a ref about the call, the second-year pro charged at and decked him.
Here it is from another angle.
Oubre was ejected from the game.
"We can't respond that way," said Wizards coach Scott Brooks after his team won 116-89 to cut the Celtics' series lead to 2-1. "When you keep getting hit in the head, you might respond that way and I think that's what he did. I'm not saying that that was the right thing to do. We have to focus on playing basketball."
Olynyk has been accused of being a dirty player before. During the 2015 playoffs, he dislocated Kevin Love's shoulder, knocking him out for the postseason. He appeared to use the same dangerous move on the Chicago Bulls' Robin Lopez in the first round this postseason.
Olynyk going to work pic.twitter.com/NaQt8179O3
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