Brandon Jennings had a feeling when he saw Kelly Oubre, Jr. get ejected in the second quarter of Game 3 against the Celtics that he would follow a similar fate. It was just that type of game and Jennings is no stranger to conflict.
"Kelly's my young boy, so it's kind of like: when Kelly gets kicked out, I'm probably next," Jennings said. "Probably the organization is like 'Listen man, we've got these two crazy dudes coming off the bench and we don't know which one is gonna get kicked out tonight.' I just like to bring physical play. I like to get into guys mentally."
Oubre didn't expect Jennings to later get tossed. But in hindsight, he can't say he was surprised.
"That's my brother. It's kind of like we are on the same string some times. Third quarter, I took a shower because it was intermission and I came out the shower and he was just sitting there at his locker. I'm like, 'Oh, you too, bro?' It was one of those moments, one of those bro moments."
Jennings, who was ejected for a confrontation with Terry Rozier, loved the intensity he saw from Oubre, who was tossed for pushing Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk to the ground. Despite the fact Oubre had to leave and could be suspended, Jennings thinks there was a positive effect to the move.
"It definitely sent a message to them," Jennings said.
And Jennings, for one, thinks Olynyk sold it to the referees.
"I think a lot of it was flop, though. He really did flop it," he said.
Oubre is likely to be fined as well for what he did and Jennings joked about that the day after.
"Was it worth it? I don't know, depending on what that fine is gonna look like. It definitely sent a message aggressively," he said.