Kelly Olynyk says he isn't a dirty player, has no reaction to Kelly Oubre's suspension from Wizards-Celtics Game 4


Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk was not interested one bit in celebrating the one-game suspension of Kelly Oubre, Jr. that was levied by the league on Saturday following an altercation between the two in Game 3. Olynyk is just ready to move on and play Game 4 after a two-day layoff.

"It's not my decision. It's their decision," Olynyk said.

Olynyk did go into more detail on other subjects, like the assertion by some that he is a dirty player. Olynyk has had run-ins with others in the past and Oubre said his decision to push Olynyk after an illegal screen was the result of a long buildup of frustration with Olynyk's style of play.

On that topic, Olynyk defended himself.

"I don't think I'm a dirty player," he said. "It's basketball. It happens. You have to box out, you have to do things."

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As for the buildup Oubre mentioned, Olynyk could sense that. He said he noticed an anger develop in Oubre throughout the course of Game 3, long before the shove.

"You could see it when he was guarding me and when he was trying to run through screens. It was just, I think he kind of flipped a switch and that's what happens," Olynyk said.


Olynyk did see the anger. What he didn't see was Oubre run at a full sprint before pushing him to the ground.

"I didn't. I didn't see him coming. I was talking to the ref, I turned around and he was right there," he said.

Perhaps that will calm down those who have said Olynyk flopped to sell the push to the referees. Regardless, Olynyk and Oubre are going to long be linked for one of the more memorable fights in recent NBA playoff history. That's after Bradley Beal, for one, thought they were friends.

Olynyk didn't necessarily see it that way before. Now, he certainly doesn't.

"I don't really know him that well. I thought he was a good guy. A lot of that stuff is in the past now. It doesn't really make a difference," he said.

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