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With hard foul on Oubre, Celtics' Olynyk yet again involved in reckless playoff controversy

With hard foul on Oubre, Celtics' Olynyk yet again involved in reckless playoff controversy

On Thursday night, during the second quarter of Game 3 between the Wizards and Celtics, an already testy atmosphere veered off the rails.

Celtics center Kelly Olynyk set a pick on Wizards' Kelly Oubre, and Olynyk appeared to throw his elbow into Oubre's throat.

The second-year forward took exception that that, and took a running start at Olynyk before launching himself into the Canadian big-man. 


Oubre was ejected for his actions with the Wizards leading by 22 points. If you are wondering who to blame in this situation, we may not have the answer. but what we do have is knowledge of Olynyk.

You may remember that during the 2015 NBA Playoff first round matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers, Olynyk was the man responsible for injuring the shoulder of Cleveland forward Kevin Love.

Love suffered a dislocated shoulder and missed the remainder of the postseason, which ended with the Cavaliers coming up short in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Olynyk had built a reputation as a tough, gritty player, and Love was among the many to believe that Olynyk injured Love on purpose.

Now, the play on Love and the play on Oubre are very different, but given the man on the giving end, it's not hard to notice a pattern here.


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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 



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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.