Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) goes to the basket past Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the second half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington.
That was Celtics coach Brad Stevens' instructions to the team yesterday morning as they reviewed game film from Sunday's embarrassing 121-102 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 4 of the second-round playoff series. All that matters right now is being prepared for Wednesday night's Game 5 against the Wizards. Referees and teammates charged to break up the conflict as the Wizards shooting guard still wanted to get his hands on the Celtics' big man.
The league reviewed Olynyk's screen from Game 3 and no further action was taken, other than the common foul he was assessed during the game.
Green, who is now helping the Warriors in the Western Conference playoffs, has a reputation of his own.
The game turned out to not even be close as the Wizards stomped the Celtics 116-89 setting up a must watch in game four. Given the competitive nature of this series, nobody would be surprised if it went seven games. But Thomas, the vocal leader of the team, stood by Olynyk, who also defended himself in the wake of being called "dirty".More news: Relatives of jailed Venezuelan dissident seek global action
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"It's a joke that [Green] said that", Thomas continued.
Oubre said he had not heard from the league about a possible suspension or fine and pledged to move forward while controlling his emotions better.
"Everyone has their own opinion, but I don't agree (with) it", Bradley said. "Man, I don't respect guys like that". Most of his critics, like Green, pointed to a play from two postseasons ago when Olynyk yanked Kevin Love's arm out of his socket, ending the playoffs for the Cleveland forward. You keep getting hit in the head, you might respond that way. "Because I think it's important to clear your mind and get ready for preparation [on Saturday]". "That's the mindset I feel like all of us had".
"(The Wizards) are exceptionally athletic, very long and they're doing a great job of flying to the ball", Stevens said in regard to Washington's ability to force turnovers. Growing up where I grew up at, you kick somebody, you kick them with your foot. Wall once picked up a flagrant foul on Marcus Smart before the two yelled at each other, then Bradley Beal got in Smart's face (also Smart once broke Beal's nose).