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Isaiah Thomas, Celtics agree with Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s punishment: 'He should be suspended'

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics agree with Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s punishment: 'He should be suspended'

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.

[RELATED: Jennings thinks Olynyk flopped on Oubre's push]

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.

[RELATED: Oubre: 'Recurring events' led to blowup in Game 3 with Olynyk]

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Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, John Wall went 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, the celebrity softball game and the Summer League.

Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the parallels between Wall and Harper and why Wall has chosen to stay loyal to Washington in his own contract decisions. Plus, can the Wizards really tone down the talking this season?

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!