Plenty of Wizards fans and the players themselves may not like the fact that Kelly Oubre, Jr. was suspended for his shove of Kelly Olynyk in Game 3, an incident that earned him not only an ejection but a ban for Game 4 on Sunday. But Celtics players certainly aren't complaining.
All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, for one, thought it was exactly what the NBA should have done.
"He should be suspended. If you do that, that should be automatic," he said at Saturday's practice on the campus of Georgetown University.
Forward Jae Crowder also agreed with the decision.
"The league did what they had to do," he said.
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Thomas didn't say much about the impact Oubre's suspension will have. He simply said "we're not really worried about him or what they're doing."
Crowder got into much more detail.
"I feel like he does help those guys a lot. Especially off the bench, he does bring a lot of energy for those guys. We have to take advantage of them having a guy down. Their second unit is going to be finding themselves a little bit without him, so we just have to capitalize," Crowder said.
Oubre, 21, is averaging 8.7 points on 52.4 percent shooting in 19.6 minutes per game this series. He makes most of his impact on the defensive end where his length and quickness can be a factor. Oubre has also spent some time guarding Thomas.
Now the Wizards have to make do without him.
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Davis Bertans was on fire once again on Tuesday night in the Wizards' loss to the Charlotte Hornets, as the Latvian Laser continues his breakout season in Washington hitting threes at a historic rate. Here are some numbers to put what he is doing in perspective...
Bertans had 32 points in Tuesday's game, the ninth time he has scored 20 or more already this season. He had scored 20-plus points only three times previously in his career.
Bertans has made six or more threes in a game six times already this season, including four times this month. Before he joined the Wizards, he had done it twice as an NBA player.
Bertans is one of only seven players in Wizards/Bullets franchise history to make eight threes or more in a game. The others are Gilbert Arenas, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rex Chapman and DeShawn Stevenson. Only Beal (nine) and Ariza (10) have made more than eight.
Bertans has made 92 threes through 23 games this season. The ony players who have made more through this point in NBA history are James Harden and Stephen Curry. The previous high for a Wizards/Bullets player was 72 (Arenas).
The 92 threes in 23 games has Bertans averaging four per game and on pace to make 328 on the season. Only two players have ever made 300-plus threes; Harden and Curry. The record is 402, by Curry in 2015-16.
Bertans has made four threes or more in six straight games and five or more in four straight. Both are franchise records. During this six-game stretch, Bertans is 36-for-71 (50.7%) from long range.
Bertans is making most of his threes on catch-and-shoot plays and leads the league in most related categories. He is tops in the NBA in points off catch-and-shoot plays (9.6/g), field goals made (3.2/g) and three-pointers made (3.1).
A whopping 70.8 percent of Bertans' shot attempts this season have come from three-point range. The next highest percentage for a Wizards player is 34.6 percent, by Moe Wagner.
As a guard, Ish Smith is asked to do a lot on the court. Pass, shoot, and defend, the Wizards need him to do it all in order to succeed. On Tuesday, however, Smith demonstrated another on-court intangible that isn't always seen from NBA players: cleaning.
During the final moments of what would be a 114-107 loss to the Hornets, the game came to a halt in order to mop up a wet spot on the court. Smith happened to find himself near the large mop under the baseline, grabbed it and began helping out the worker.
Overall, it's pretty good form here from Smith. He bent his knees, extended his arms and had a solid motion with the mop. Smith finished the night with 13 points and five assists in the boxscore, but this sixth assist was his most innovative.
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