Wizards coach Scott Brooks isn’t saying that Kelly Oubre should have pushed Kelly Olynyk, but he kind of sees why Oubre did it.
After the Wizards forward was ejected for shoving Olynyk in response to a hard screen during Washington’s blowout Game 3 victory, Brooks shed light on the situation. The way he sees it, Olynyk has repeatedly taken shots at his players that haven’t gone called. Olynyk was given an offensive foul for the play that led to Oubre's push.
“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. Two teams [that] are very competitive,” Brooks told reporters. “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. We can’t control what they’re doing; we just have to control within our gameplan and stay focused. I haven’t talked to him; definitely will talk to him. We’ve got to keep our control. You’ve got to let the referees call those calls. At that particular time, they did call the right call.”
Olynyk was noncommittal after the game when asked whether he felt Oubre should be suspended for the shove.
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The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.
Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.
During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.
While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.
“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”
But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.
“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”