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

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.

[RELATED: Thomas agrees with Oubre's ban: 'He should be suspended']

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Chris Paul is reportedly recruiting LeBron James to the Rockets, which would change East dramatically

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Chris Paul is reportedly recruiting LeBron James to the Rockets, which would change East dramatically

Next to actually signing LeBron James himself, there is another scenario involving the NBA's best player that should sound great to Eastern Conference teams. That is if James decides to leave the conference altogether for a team in the West, and it sounds like Chris Paul is trying to make that dream come true.

Paul, according to ESPN, is actively recruiting James to join the Houston Rockets. The Rockets won an NBA-best 65 games in the 2017-18 season and fell one win short of reaching the NBA Finals.

Here is what Adrian Wojnarowski said as transcribed by Pro Basketball Talk:

Chris is going to return there. And listen, right now, Chris Paul’s focus isn’t so much on his own free agency. He’s trying to recruit LeBron James to Houston, and somebody close to him said to me he is as focused on recruiting LeBron as anything he’s done in this league. He wants to find a way.

There's no doubt Houston would give James an opportunity to contend and maybe even win championships. They were up 3-2 on the Warriors in the conference finals before losing the final two games. Paul missed the last two games of the series due to injury.

If the Rockets were that close without James, adding him would likely push them over the hump. Even with the Warriors being as good as they are, the Rockets would be a super team on a level rarely seen in NBA history. James and Rockets guard James Harden are the two frontrunners for MVP. Then there's Paul, a perennial All-NBA guard who is a surefire Hall of Famer once his playing days are over.

If James went West, that would break the streak of his teams winning the Eastern Conference playoff bracket eight years in a row. The conference would be more wide open than it has been in nearly a decade, giving teams like the Sixers, Celtics, Raptors, Wizards and others a better shot at reaching the Finals.

One alternative is James leaving Cleveland to form another titan within the East. That could happen if he goes to Philly or Boston or somewhere else with some pieces already in place. It's conceivable that James stays in the East and does so with a team that is much better than the Cavs squad he led to the Finals this past season.

On the face of it, James would probably be smart to not go to Houston. As good as the Rockets are and as stacked as they would be if he joined them, he would then subject himself to battling the Warriors in the conference finals or earlier. If winning is his No. 1 goal, he is better off continuing to dominate the East and focus on improving his chances of beating the Warriors once he sees them in the Finals.

Still, Paul can dream. And if James does go West, no one in the East will complain.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Full 2018 NBA Draft preview for Wizards fans, including an interview with Robert Williams

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Full 2018 NBA Draft preview for Wizards fans, including an interview with Robert Williams

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller talked all things NBA Draft.

They gave their picks for the best options for the Wizards, the safest and riskiest prospects, plus what they expect the team to do. Texas A&M big man Robert Williams also joined the show in a 1-on-1 interview.

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!

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